I created this reading activity to help students understand and appreciate “The Dream of the Rood.” This poem isn’t necessarily difficult to comprehend; however, since medieval literature can be intimidating for many, I decided to create this activity to help my students better engage with this reading.
The instructions read as follows: Read E. T. Donaldson’s prose translation of the poem “The Dream of the Rood.” This is the translation found in the Norton Anthology of English Literature through the 8th edition of 2006. (More recent editions feature a verse translation by Alfred David.) As you read, fill in the blanks below. Some sentences follow the text exactly; some require that you infer to arrive at the correct answer.
I hope this activity is helpful in your British Literature lessons!