Standard: RL.9-10.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Learning Target: Students will read the first half of The Epic of Gilgamesh selection from our text, and make a thinking map to explain who the main character is.
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So, after watching our snazzy video today, we’re going to dive into reading Gilgamesh! Are you excited? YOU SHOULD BE!
Just in case any of you guys are reading from home or ISS or something, here is a link to the full text of Gilgamesh. We’re reading excerpts from this text in our book – you want to search in the PDF for The Battle with Humbaba, The Death of Enkidu, The Story of the Flood, and The Return.
And today we’re going to read the first two of those sections, plus the prologue. Afterward, we’re going to talk about the things that make Gilgamesh into an archetypal hero. What’s that? Archetype?
(vocab list, vocab list…)
Anyway, to discuss who and what Gilgamesh is, let’s make…dundunDUN!!! A THINKING MAP!!!!
I would like each of you to make a bubble map to explain who Gilgamesh is. That means you put Gilgamesh’s name in the center of the bubble map and write adjectives in the bubbles around it. All these adjectives should describe Gilgamesh. I want you to have at least five. For those of you that are new to this whole thinking map thing, here’s what a bubble map looks like:
Who doesn’t love ice cream?
Now, here’s the catch. For each of your adjectives, I want you to prove to me how you know this. And you’ll do so with evidence in the form of quotes from the story. For right now, go forth and make your bubble map and start finding your quotes. Tomorrow…the REAL work begins!!!