World Lit: The Battle With Humbaba


  • ELAGSE9-10RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • ELAGSE9-10RL3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and
    advance the plot or develop the theme.

Learning Target: Students will read the beginning of The Epic of Gilgamesh and reading comprehension questions.

Opening Session: Crash Course Mythology: The Epic of Gilgamesh

Work Session:
We’re going to be reading the first section of The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Prologue and The Battle With Humbaba. We will read these together as a class and discuss as we read. After we finish reading, we’re going to do a little characterization activity! Everyone is going to make a bubble map with Gilgamesh’s name in the center. Then, in five outer bubbles, I want you to list five adjectives that describe Gilgamesh. Once you’ve gotten those, go back to the text and find evidence in the form of a quote to support each adjective. You need to properly cite the quotes in MLA format, using a parenthetical citation. Our edition of the text is translated by N.K. Sandars.

Closing Session: After finding our quotes, let’s look back to the text at the Critical Reading questions on page 24. In your notebooks, please answer questions 1-4 to close out our day.

Assessment: Formative (Notebook check for questions)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding, Learning Styles).

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