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World Lit: Things Fall Apart, Day 7

Standard: 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.

Learning Target: I can cite evidence to make a conclusion about Things Fall Apart.

Opening Session: Things Fall Apart, Ala Shmoop (another one!)

Work Session: Guess what we’re doing today? That’s right! Plugging away at Things Fall Apart! Today we will be reading chapters 20-22. As you read today, I want you to keep the idea of gender roles in mind and how Onkonkwo specifically and also his clan as a whole view men, women, and their rules in society.

After you finish reading on your own, I want you make a claim about gender roles in Things Fall Apart. That is, come up with some statement that says something about how the gender roles are or are portrayed in this book. Then, find 3 quotes from the book that provide evidence of your claim. For example, you might claim, “Women are thought of as weaker than men, but in many ways they are stronger.” Then you would find 3 quotes that show women being strong.

Closing Session: VOCAB REVIEW!

Assessment: Informal (quote pull check)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)



  • 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.

Learning Target: I will read and understand the first half of The Epic of Gilgamesh selection from our text, and make a bubble map to cite evidence explaining who the main character is..

Activator: Star Trek: The Next Generation – Jean Luc Picard discusses Gilgamesh.


Work Session: 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.

Epic of Gilgamesh, Translated by N.K. Sandars

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?


  1. A very typical example of a certain person or thing.
  2. An original that has been imitated.

Anyway, to discuss who and what Gilgamesh is, let’s make…dundunDUN!!! A BUBBLE 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. That means you have to look in the book and find five quotes that tell you who Gilgamesh is as a character. You’ll have the rest of class to work on this, and then at the very end we’ll partner up and share 🙂

Closing Session: Ticket out the door: Think-pair-share your bubble map with a partner and then with the class.

Assessment: Bubble maps can be formatively checked for understanding.

Differentiation: Process (printed maps provided)


Welcome to Tuesday, everyone!

Hey, by the by, just to update you on the schedule for the week – today we will be writing an impromptu essay about The Metamorphosis, tomorrow we will be reviewing for our unit test, our test is Thursday, and on Friday we are doing something super special where you’ll all go to a different class than normal. AND THEN IT’S FALL BREAK!!!!


  • 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.

Learning Target: Students will practice citing evidence from The Metamorphosis in order to validate or refute the claim that Gregor is a monster.


Today we’re going to be writing an impromptu essay…sort of. So, for the last couple of essays in here I’ve cut you loose and asked you to make an argument. This time around, we’re going to focus in on a specific part of an argument, citing evidence. Did you do this in 9th lit? I hope so….

Each of you will write an essay in class today, but you’re going to do it using a frame I’ve created for you. Yes, you do have to copy down all the words, and fill in the blanks with your own.

  • The first two blanks should be filled with quotes from the story.
  • The second two blanks should be fill with paraphrases from the story.

For each quote or paraphrase, you will write the page number down in the small blank in the parentheses.

Here’s the essay frame if you’re writing from home: Metamorphosis essay framework

After we take some time to do this essay together, we are going to check out some book covers:

bookcover2 bookcover4



After we view each of these book covers, I want you to complete the following ticket out the door:

Closing Session

  • Choose one of the book covers we reviewed in class. Describe what is happening on that cover. Then, write down ten adjectives that go with the cover.
  • For example, “I chose cover 4. It shows Gregor waking up as a giant bug. Adjectives: scary, weird, abnormal…”
  • Turn it in to the basket!

Differentiation: Process – printed frame given as needed; Product – quote/paraphrase requirements lowered as needed.

Assessment: Impromptu essays be graded.