Set-Up: Playing off our collective need — as Honors English II students — to (rigorously) improve our ability to:
- grab our reader’s attention with a unique argument (the moment they start reading our essays)
- analyze new literature from many perspectives (without being bogged down by plot summary)
…let’s take on the following writing challenge:
- Write a compelling movie ‘trailer’ (a.k.a. television advertisement) that will inspire someone to want to read Beowulf (or at least go see the movie of said text).
- Focus on the first 5 chapters (from “The Monster Grendel” to “The Monster’s Mother”).
- Use actual text — i.e. real quotations, my lovely friends — from the story.
- 3-4 sentences. You may go for 5+, but only if every word truly matters.
- # of Quotations: 2 minimum, 3 is slightly better, 4 is crazy great!
- Keep in mind: you do not need to use the entire line/sentence as a quotation. Just use the key phrases/lines. And make sure that you use quote marks.
Hint: While plot matters, you do not have time to waste in plot-summary-land in this short piece of writing. Instead, use what you know about the story — tone, underlying ideas, metaphors, etc — to ‘sell’ the story.