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As rational beings, we desire order in our lives. One way the need for order is displayed is in the existence of social protocols. In reading Beowulf, we see what happens when social protocol is violated (through the actions of Grendel), and the subsequent effects on society.


  1. Your first task will be to investigate and analyze three social protocols of American or the international society.
  2. Find a story demonstrating an upholding or a violation of one of the protocols you researched on one of the listed social news aggregators.
  3. Your third task will be to create a Youtube presentation demonstrating proper behaviors of protocol, and an example of a breach of protocol for each of the three that you demonstrate.
  4. You will create a Powerpoint presentation defending your opinion to the question: Is Grendel a terrorist?

Think About it:

What kinds of protocols do you abide by in regards to authority?
What protocols do you expect from others?
What are some protocols that can be violated without causing major social disruption?
What are some examples of social protocols that cause major social disruption?
What kinds of protocol is Grendel violating? What are the effects of his violation?


  1. Review Beowulf, specifically the scene where Grendel makes his initial appearances.
  2. Using the provided links, research three protocols of American and international society.
  3. Visit one of the three listed social news aggregator websites and search them for a story demonstrating a proper or improper display of one of the social protocols you researched. Include a link to your selection at the end of your powerpoint presentation.
  4. In groups of two, create a Youtube video demonstrating your understanding of the protocols you have researched. Along with your demonstration of proper protocol, you will illustrate the breach, and the social consequences of the protocols you researched.
  5. In your same group, you will create a Powerpoint presentation answering the question: Is Grendel a terrorist? You will be graded on your presentation and content of your argument, not on your specific opinion.


Basic Protocol:
Protocol and Etiquette

Advanced Protocol:

International Aggression Protocol
Laws and Customs of War

News Aggregators


Project Tools

Free Powerpoint Creator


State Goal 2: Read and understand literature representative of various societies, eras and ideas.

Why This Goal Is Important: Literature transmits ideas, reflects societies and eras and expresses the human imagination. It brings understanding, enrichment and joy. Appreciating literature and recognizing its many forms enable students to learn and respond to ideas, issues, perspectives and actions of others. Literature study includes understanding the structure and intent of a short poem or a long, complex book. By exploring the techniques that authors use to convey messages and evoke responses, students connect literature to their own lives and daily experiences.

2A. Understand how literary elements and techniques are used to convey meaning.
  • 2.A.5b Evaluate relationships between and among character, plot, setting, theme, conflict and resolution and their influence on the effectiveness of a literary piece.

2B. Read and interpret a variety of literary works.
  • 2.B.5b Apply knowledge gained from literature as a means of understanding contemporary and historical economic, social and political issues and perspectives.


1. Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:
a. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes
b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
c. Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues
d. Identify trends and forecast possibilities

2. Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media
b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats
c. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures
d. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems

5. Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:
a. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology
b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity
c. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning
d. Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship

6. Technology Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
a. Understand and use technology systems
b. Select and use applications effectively and productively
c. Troubleshoot systems and applications
d. Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies


Upon completion of this webquest students should be more familiar with the social protocols of their society as well as those of other nations and cultures and also have gained a better understanding of the effects of social protocols and the consequences of breaking them. Students should also now also be able to relate these social protocols to the interactions between literary characters and the influence that protocol violations and affirmations have on the context and development of a story.



Works Cited:

Barney And Friends Good Manners Good Manners Good Manners Are Important To Everyone In The World. October 16, 2010.
Out of Order.
Webquest Dark Knight Clip. October 16, 2010.

Created by: Sam Kloppmann & Conor Caplice