World Lit: Introducing Gilgamesh


  • 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.
  • ELAGSE9-10W2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Objective: Students will learn about The pic of Gilgamesh and the culture from which it came, as well as consider their own cultural perspectives and how it relates to their fears.

Opening Session: Let’s review the Hero’s Journey chart we went over yesterday. We will choose another movie together as a class (something most of us have seen!) and see how it fits on the chart!

Work Session: After we review the hero’s journey, let’s look at the first story that ever followed the monomyth trope. eah, that makes it basically the oldest story in the world. It’s called The pic of Gilgamesh, and it comes to us from Ancient Sumeria. It’s a pretty important story, and you may even have discussed it in your World History classes.

I have a another PowerPoint that talks about the story, its origins, and its importance:

gilgamesh power point

And after we go over the PowerPoint, let’s watch this video. This should give you some idea of the cultural significance of the story!

Closing Session: Now that we’ve discussed the cultural perspective of Ancient Sumeria and how the story of Gilgamesh written about overcoming the fear of death, I want you to go back to the paragraphs you wrote yesterday about what you’re afraid of. Consider your own cultural perspective – as a teenager, a student, or even an ethnic or religious background, and write me another paragraph. o you think your cultural perspective influenced what you’re afraid of? Why or why not?

Assessment Strategies: Formative (paragraph checks, discussion participation)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding, high-interest topics, learning styles)

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