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Mrs. Hollands from Gwinn MI is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Setting the Stage for Beowulf Storytelling

Help me give my students costumes and props to set the stage for our Beowulf performances.

  • $399 goal

This project expired on February 8, 2019.

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My Students

Welcome to our English Language Arts classroom in Gwinn, Michigan. Our high school is tucked in the pines in the beautiful and remote Upper Peninsula.

My students are quirky, fun, and high energy.

I teach 10th through 12th graders whose interests range from playing sports to participating in drama camp to showing farm animals at the county fair. I love to nurture a passion for reading and writing and to help students develop their voices. These teenagers have a lot to say to the world!

My Project

In celebration of our reading the epic poem "Beowulf," my seniors are going to perform fight scenes between Beowulf and the monsters including Grendel, Grendel's Mother, and a dragon. We are requesting tapestries to hang on the wall, jeweled goblets and apple juice for our warriors in Herot, and green posterboard for an art project where we will be playing Pin the Arm on the Grendel.

We already have a few costumes, but we would like to add costumes for King Hrothgar and Queen Welthow, a mask for the dragon, and barbarian garb for Beowulf.

I plan to have students use a form of Japanese storytelling called Kamishibai (which means "paper theater") to perform sections of Beowulf. Kamishibai uses a series of large, illustrated cards to tell a story. The entire front side of each card will display an illustration from Beowulf made by the students, while the back of each card will be used to write a portion of the script. The story is not simply read but is performed to an audience using illustrations, speaking parts, and even music.

This set of costumes and props will be used for years to come to help students dig into and remember the characters of Beowulf.

Mrs. Hollands
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Seasons Viking Warrior Costume • Amazon Business $54.99 1 $54.99
Fun Express Crown Goblet Cups - 12 Pieces • Amazon Business $25.99 2 $51.98
Tropicana Apple Juice, 10 oz, 24 Count • Amazon Business $11.98 3 $35.94
Rubie's Costume Deluxe Medieval Warrior Cloak With Faux Fur Trim, Brown, Standard Costume • Amazon Business $32.21 1 $32.21
Morph Womens Medieval Queen Costume Renaissance Adults Ladies Teen Princess Size LGE • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
Medieval Decor Tapestry by Ambesonne, Medieval Wooden Castle Wall Metal Gate Greek Mid-century Design Art Print, Wall Hanging for Bedroom Living Room Dorm, 40 X 60 Inches, Dark Wood • Amazon Business $26.95 1 $26.95
Fun Express Crown Goblet Cups - 12 Pieces • Amazon Business $25.88 1 $25.88
Ambesonne Dragon Tapestry Dark Decor, Imaginary Wrath Ship Vikings Theme Dragon Boat with Head of Beast in The Storm Print, Bedroom Living Room Dorm Wall Hanging, 60 W x 80 L inches, Grey Red • Amazon Business $19.90 1 $19.90
Forum Novelties Dragon Half Mask (Orange) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Pacon PAC54661 4-Ply Railroad Board, Holiday Green, 22" x 28", 25 Sheets • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79

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