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Body Bio (7….)


  • ELAGSE9-10SL1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions(one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Learning Target: I will collaborate with my peers to make a body biography of Gilgamesh.

Activator: The Hero’s Journey

Work Session: Today we’re going to start out the day by arranging the desks into groups of four. Everyone should be working in a group of four! With your group, we’re going to start a project called the body biography. The body biography is a giant visual representation of everyone’s favorite hero archetype, Gilgamesh! I’m going to give everyone a brainstorming/drafting sheet with an outline of a body on it, but here’s the skinny:


Body Biography Brainstorming

Today we will start by making your rough draft for the body biography that your group is making. You are making a body biography for Gilgamesh. Remember to include the following elements:

  • Heart: What does Gilgamesh want most? What is his heart’s desire? Find a quote from the story to prove it!
  • Backbone: What drives the character? What is his main motivation? Find a quote from the story to prove it!
  • Hands: What does Gilgamesh hold in his hands? What physical or metaphorical possessions does he have? Find a quote from the story to prove it!
  • Feet: What does Gilgamesh stand for? What are his most fundamental beliefs? Find a quote from the story to prove it!
  • Head: What does Gilgamesh say? What does he see? What does he think? Write direct quotations in or around the head that represent these things. Find a quote from the story to prove it!

Next, decorate your Gilgamesh to make him look how you think he looks. Use the descriptions from the story – remember things like feathers, how big Gilgamesh is, how beautiful he is, and the sorts of things he wears.

After you finish your draft, you will work with your group to make a BIG version of this poster. Don’t worry about getting everything perfect on the draft – the final poster is what I’m grading.


Today, your group should turn in a body biography brainstorming sheet with all your quotes and MLA citations written on it. We will continue to work on the art project side of things tomorrow, so if you would like to use your own art materials, bring them from home tomorrow for use in class.

Closing Session: Book talk – Little Brother

Assessment: Body bio will be graded

Differentiation: Process (flexible grouping); learning style