Write-Your-Own Flood Friday


  • ELAGSE9-10W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

Learning Target: I can write a narrative to develop an imagined event, creating my own flood myth for the modern era.

Opening Session: Ancient Chinese Great Flood Myth

Work Session: Welcome back! Today we are going to start off with a 20-30 minute jaunt into the computer lab to do our next formative assessment. Remember, go to http://www.socrative.com and then click “Student Login.” Put in the room name BRISTOWLIT and then your name, and make sure you do LastName, FirstName. Then take the quiz!

After that, we’re going to return to the classroom and everyone is going to draw a flood myth from a hat. Wait, what? Yep! You heard that right! So not only are there flood stories from Christianity/Judaism/Islam and from Gilgamesh and from ancient China, there are actually flood stories from almost every culture in the whole world! And today you’re going to get a chance to read one and then write your own!

As you write your own flood story, please keep the following requirements in mind:

  • Your story must have a flood that destroys everything
  • Your flood must have at least one survivor who has to rebuild the world
  • You need to include the reason the gods decided to destroy the world with a flood
  • You need to include one “inspiration” detail from the flood story you drew out of my hat (ie the survivors in the story you chose took refuge in a tree; the survivors in the story you write do the same thing).
  • You should include a color illustration
  • Be neat and creative, because we will hang these up in the hallway!!!

You will have the remainder of class to work on your own flood story. Put a lot of effort into this one!

Closing Session: Book talk – It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.

Assessment: Flood myths will be graded

Differentiation: Process (partner option), product (visuals or comic versions permitted as needed).

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