I teach literature to middle schoolers, most of whom are home-schooled. I teach in a co-op. The literature mirrors the history class I teach earlier in the day. In history we are currently at the end of the Roman Empire when they are being besieged by the Goths. Beowulf is a hero of the Goths. In literature, I am attempting to let the students see how the cultures of the historic period they are studying think. We can do this by studying their literature. Henrietta Marshall's rewrite on Beowulf is a decent production, highly accessible to the middle school mind. Although the students did not appreciate the thee's and thou's and the somewhat formal English style, Beowulf did come across as a great hero, and one with values that did not seem apparent in the Roman Empire. Loyal to his king, Beowulf does not usurp the Goth king's throne, although he has the popularity to do so. At that time, Roman generals were constantly wiping each other out to try to lay claim to the Roman throne. This retelling of Beowulf was short and to the point, a nice translation that worked well for the student who is not entirely enamored of great literature, but who does like history and good stories.