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Greek Mythology: The Iliad, Day 4

Goals for the Week:

  1. Understand the mythology of the Trojan War.
  2. Understand the plot and characters of Homer’s Iliad.
  3. Complete the Iliad Character Research Prompt.

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Participate in a Zoom meeting with your teachers and classmates.
  2. Discuss your reactions to and understanding of The Iliad
  3. Complete this week’s character research assignment and prepare for The Odyssey next week!

Your assignment for this week!

This week you will:

Today’s Lesson!

Standard:

  • 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 can participate in a Zoom chat with my classmates and teachers about The Iliad so that I can discuss my reactions to and thoughts about the story.

Activator: 

Refresh your brain on the story of The Iliad with this summary from CourseHero:

Work Session: 

Today we’re going to be hosting a Zoom meeting at 11am! Please join us – look for the link from your teacher over Remind at 10:45ish.

If you cannot join us on Zoom today, please try and connect with a classmate on your own to discuss The Iliad. Here are some ideas:

  • Host your own Zoom meeting at a more convenient time for you.
  • Facetime, Skype, or call a friend on the phone to discuss.
  • Talk about the story with your siblings or other family members over dinner
  • Make a shared Google doc and type your ideas there.

Closing Session:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts in our meeting today! Spend the rest of your work time today working on your character research assignment. I hope you enjoyed our week on The Iliad!

Looking Ahead: Next Week

  • Next week we continue Greek Mythology by studying Homer’s other epic, The Odyssey! Get ready for adventure!

Greek Mythology: The Iliad Day 2

Goals for the Week:

  1. Understand the mythology of the Trojan War.
  2. Understand the plot and characters of Homer’s Iliad.
  3. Complete the Iliad Character Research Prompt.

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Understand the plot of Homer’s Iliad
  2. Consider what’s history and what’s mythology
  3. Begin to grapple with the language of Homer

Your assignment for this week!

This week you will:

Today’s Lesson!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RL2 Determine a theme or central idea of text and closely analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Learning Target: 

I can understand a broad overview of The Iliad by reading summaries of the text so that I can look more in-depth at the most important parts of the text.

Activator: 

Let’s start today by talking about history!

So, whenever I teach The Iliad, the first question my students as is “Did this really happen?” and the answer is….well…maybe kinda?

It depends on what you’re asking.

  • Did a guy named Achilles really exist? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Did the city of Troy really exist? yes!
  • Was there a Trojan War like Homer described it? There was probably a war, but we don’t know if it was like Homer described.
  • Was there a Trojan Horse? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

We have a lot more questions than answers. But one thing we do know is where Troy is supposed to have been:

For more info on what’s history and what’s mythology, read this article, “The Fall of Troy: The Legend and The Facts”. And you can check out this short TedEd video on the archaeological pursuits to find Troy!

Work Session: 

The goal today is for you to get a basic understanding of the plot of The Iliad. To do that, I’m going to give you a few resources to look into. Choose one to read. The others? Give them a cursory glance. Skim them. At least look at the pictures.

Closing Session:

Let’s sum up what happens in The Iliad with a video, shall we? Check out this rendition from CLEAN Classics Summarized on YouTube!

PS – we will have a ZOOM MEETING on Thursday at 11am! This is optional, but we are looking forward to seeing your smiling face on the camera, so please try to come!

Looking Ahead: Tomorrow’s Checklist

  1. Understand Hector’s death in The Iliad
  2. Consider various interpretations of Hector’s death scene in various media.
  3. Prepare for Thursday’s Zoom meeting!

Greek Mythology: The Iliad, Day 1

Goals for the Week:

  1. Understand the mythology of the Trojan War.
  2. Understand the plot and characters of Homer’s Iliad.
  3. Complete the Iliad Character Research Prompt.

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Complete a Nearpod lesson on the Trojan War
  2. Choose and listen to one episode of Trojan War: The Podcast (episode 1-10).
  3. Understand and start thinking about this week’s assignment.

Your assignment for this week!

This week you will:

Today’s Lesson!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RL9 Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).

Learning Target: 

I can analyze the mythology of the Trojan War by listening to a podcast and doing my own research so that I can understand what happens in Homer’s Iliad.

Activator: 

This Nearpod lesson is a very simple summary of the Trojan War. It might be a review from a World History class, but it’s some really good basic background info!

Work Session: 

Today we’re learning the backstory behind The Iliad, the story of the Trojan War that leads up to the famous poem.

Fast Facts:

  • The Trojan War lasted over ten years.
  • The Iliad picks up in year 9.
  • The hero of The Iliad is a dude named Achilles (pronounced “ah-kill-ees”)
  • To understand The Iliad, you need to know some of the events that lead up to the Trojan War.

Under normal circumstances, we would spend two whole days just talking about the stories behind the Trojan War, and then discussing all these things in depth and how they preceded the conflict in The Iliad. But these aren’t normal circumstances, so instead, you’re getting the short version!

Task: Listen to an episode of Trojan War: The Podcast by Jeff Wright. Head over to TrojanWarPodcast.com and browse through the episodes. You can read a short description of each episode, as well as a description of the commentary and the running time. Choose ONE episode from episodes 1-10 and listen to the whole thing. The entire podcast is 23 hours long, so you can listen to it if it interests you, but today I’m just asking for ONE episode.

Closing Session:

After listening to your podcast episode, message your teacher over Remind and tell them which episode you listened to and if you liked it!

Then, let’s preview this week’s assignment. You’re going to be choosing a character and researching their role in the war, then filling in a chart with what you learned.

Make sure you know what’s expected of you this week for your assignment, read over the character choices, and message your teacher if you have any questions.

PS – we will have a ZOOM MEETING on Thursday at 11am! This is optional, but we are looking forward to seeing your smiling face on the camera, so please try to come!

Looking Ahead: Tomorrow’s Checklist

  1. Understand the plot of Homer’s Iliad
  2. Understand the character of Achilles and his motivations
  3. Begin to grapple with the language of Homer

World Lit:Book 24, Achilles and Priam

Standards

  • 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. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL2 Determine a theme or central idea of text and closely analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text. Georgia ELA
  • 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. Georgia ELA

Objective
Students will read and analyze book 24 of The Iliad, completing critical reading questions at the end of the selection.

Opening Session
Clean Classics Summarized: The Iliad

Work Session
We’re going to finish reading The Iliad today!

After we read the ending of the story together, I want to discuss it as a class briefly and recap what happens after it ends. You know, how the Trojan War ends and that sort of thing.

Finally, we will finish out the day by working on the Critical Reading questions at the end of the selection. You will also have some time tomorrow to finish them up.

Closer
3-2-1: For a ticket out the door, consider the ending of The Iliad and write down 3 things you found interesting, 2 things that were surprising, and 1 thing you would have changed if you had been writing the story.

Assessment
Formative (Critical reading questions, class discussions)

Differentiation
Process (Scaffolding); Product (extended questions)

World Lit: Death of Hector Skits

Standards

  • ELAGSE11-12RL7 Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare as well as one play by an American dramatist.) Georgia
  • ELAGSE9-10RL7 Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums (e.g., Auden’s poem “Musée de Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus), including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment. Georgia
  • ELAGSE9-10RL9 Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare). Georgia

Learning Target
Students will put on a play to display their knowledge of the Iliad.

Activator
We’re going to start the day by watching a scene from Troy and discussing how the movie producers and directors transferred the story to the screen.

Work Session
I’m going to divide the class into groups of 5. Your groups will each put on a dramatic presentation of how they interpret the events that occur in the “Death of Hector” from the Iliad. You can use the movie as inspiration, but remember what we discussed and how your might modify or adjust to fit the screen.

With about fifteen minutes left of class, I’ll call each group up to perform for us. Yes, this is a quick turnaround, and we all know it, so don’t freakout about being unprepared for the stage 🙂

Closer
Let’s vote and discuss! Who was the best? Why?

Assessment
Formative (plays)

Differentiation
Process (Scaffolding, learning style); Product (different media possible for the plays)