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World Lit: The Battle With Humbaba


  • 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.
  • 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.

Learning Target: Students will read the beginning of The Epic of Gilgamesh and reading comprehension questions.

Opening Session: Crash Course Mythology: The Epic of Gilgamesh

Work Session:
We’re going to be reading the first section of The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Prologue and The Battle With Humbaba. We will read these together as a class and discuss as we read. After we finish reading, we’re going to do a little characterization activity! Everyone is going to make a bubble map with Gilgamesh’s name in the center. Then, in five outer bubbles, I want you to list five adjectives that describe Gilgamesh. Once you’ve gotten those, go back to the text and find evidence in the form of a quote to support each adjective. You need to properly cite the quotes in MLA format, using a parenthetical citation. Our edition of the text is translated by N.K. Sandars.

Closing Session: After finding our quotes, let’s look back to the text at the Critical Reading questions on page 24. In your notebooks, please answer questions 1-4 to close out our day.

Assessment: Formative (Notebook check for questions)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding, Learning Styles).

The Epic of Monday


§  ELAGSE9-10RL4 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: I will analyze the imagery in Gilgamesh and its impact on the tone of the story.

Opening Session: A good Gilgamesh summary video! This will catch you up from yesterday and preview today’s reading as well:

Work Session: So, today we’re starting off with a quick review of the Hero’s Journey archetype that we’ve been talking about, which is always fun :) After our daily video, though, we’re diving right into Gilgamesh again! Today we’re reading about the flood, which is a story with a lot of historical significance. Tomorrow we’ll read some nonfiction about the way this story affected the world when it was first discovered.

…After we finish reading, I want you guys to look at the concept of imagery. Imagery, as you probably recall from 9th lit, is when you have very descriptive words in the story you’re reading. Words that paint a picture in your head, or call to mind the five senses. Words that really make you feel like you’re there. Today we’re going to do a brief imagery project.

1.     Find an example of imagery in The Epic of Gilgamesh.

2.     Write the quote from the book with an MLA citation (We will go over this).

3.     Which of the five senses does this quote evoke? (Sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch)?

4.     Draw an illustration of this piece of imagery.

Closing session: When you’re finished, we’ll leave them on our desks and have a brief gallery walk. Awesome standouts will be displayed on the classroom wall  We will also do a book talk today to introduce you to another hero’s journey story you might like to read.

Assessment: Imagery illustrations will be assessed.

Differentiation: Learning style (visual, kinesthetic); product (drawings).

Welcome to the Hero’s Journey!


  • ELAGSE9-10RL5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.

Learning Target: I will analyze how an author unfolds a series of events, understanding the Hero’s Journey metastory and how modern stories fit into that framework.

Opening Session: STAR TREK! Where ma nerds at?

Work Session: After our video on Gilgamesh, we’re going to talk about the main focus of this unit – the Hero’s Journey.

Here are some diagrams that will show a bit about the journey – we’ll look at them together in class today and then use some examples.

Now that we have looked at these diagrams, I want you guys to make me an example. Choose a story you’ve read or watched recently, and figure out how it fits on the Hero’s Journey diagram. Draw the diagram on your paper, and write one sentence for each step of the hero quest.

Next up: The story! 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.

After we finish reading the beginning of Gilgamesh today, you guys should finish your hero’s journey diagram to turn in, and that’s it today! Have a great weekend!


Closing Session: Ticket out the door! 3-2-1: 3 things you’re excited to learn this unit, 2 questions you have, and 1 fun thing you did over break

Differentiation: Learning style (visual, auditory); Interest (movie choice)

Assessment: Hero quest diagrams can be formatively checked for understanding.