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ERIC Number: ED103843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Pages: 21
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Blood and Gore, Fens and Fears: "Beowulf" Battles the Dale-Chall Monster.
Wagner, Betty Jane
Unfortunately, textbooks of the elementary and junior high school levels receive very little of the honest, critical evaluation which is given trade books in children's literature. One vivid example of this fact was seen in the recent arduous but successful attempt to include "Beowul" in a fourth-grade literature text which was being compiled. That a clear, simple retelling of "Beowulf" is an especially appropriate and significant experience for a nine year old was ignored by elementary education editors considering the selection. The editors instead preferred to focus on background information, violence in the tale, word choice, comprehension questions, and reading rules. Nine year olds may be reluctant to learn facts about a 1500-year-old major piece of Anglo-Saxon literature, but they have difficulty in resisting the lure of the "Beowulf" monsters. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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