I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
We started class today with free reading time. All students should have a book with them or choose a book from our classroom library to read. I had a few unprepared students today who chose books from the classroom library but without much time to evaluate their choices. Overall, most students were ready and excited to read, however!
Next, we practiced developing deeper commentary for those ACES paragraphs we have written and will write. Commentary depends on strong arguments and thoughtful evidence selection;, however, even with those elements in place the commentary is usually the weakest aspect of ACES paragraphs early in the semester. We talked about how to improve both content/substance and style and then groups revised commentary sentences from group ACES written last week. (Handout available in Canvas under "Beginning Documents").
Lastly, we started reading the Epic of Gilgamesh after taking some notes on epic poems. In reading this epic, we will slow down and focus on how to evaluate the diction (vocabulary), literary techniques, and structure of a text. Students read the introduction to the epic (a summary of preceding sections not included in our textbook) and analyzed the conflicts and their effect on the narrative and the characterization of the hero. (Grapic organizer, vocabulary list available on Canvas under "Epic Heroes," text available in online textbook, page 23. See link under Announcements in Canvas to access online textbook.)
Homework: Read/annotate/summarize the 3rd hero article.
Allison Houck, MAT