Standard: ELA10RL3 The student deepens understanding of literary works by relating them to contemporary context or historical background, as well as to works from other time periods.
Learning Target: Students will read the classic poem “Morte d’Arthur” and examine the differences between the Arthurian Legends we have read in class, as well as drawing on their own research from their Pick Three! Project thus far.
Activator: The Search for King Arthur
So, today we read the poem “Morte d’Arthur,” which was written in by 1835 Alfred, Lord Tennyson. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because we read a poem by him, “The Kraken,” way back in our poetry unit. His poem was based on a much older work by Sir Thomas Mallory which was written in the 1400s. So we’re going way back in the day for this reading!
I figured that before we read this, we should do a quick review of poetic meter, specifically iambic pentameter, since that’s what the poem is written in. And, because anything written in iambic pentameter is easier to understand when we read it aloud, that’s what we did! Popcorn reading, yay!!
Anywho, after reading the poem aloud and working our way through what it meant, we revisited the PowerPoints we started last week and continued our notes. After we got all that done, we spent some time reading The Hunger Games, which we need to catch up on 🙂
Tomorrow, we’ll read the other half of the poem, and then talk about parodies and satires, because we’re going to be reading something a little silly on Thursday, and then watching one of the most famous King Arthur Parodies on Friday and Monday. And I’ll say no more here, wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise!