I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
Honors classes: We started class by analyzing and interpreting the picture above, "The Beauty of Mesopotamia" by artist Paul Batou. This activity allowed us to practice close reading skills using visual text instead of written text. We were able to pull in information learned about Mesopotamia in yesterday's class to our discussion, and we talked about how the interpretations we came to are similar to identifying a theme in a text. Next, we looked in depth at vocabulary terms 1-5, discussing the connotation of each word, different forms of the words, and identifying synonyms and antonyms. Afterwards, students worked independently on reading the Gilgamesh text, completing notes on conflict and imagery and answering reading questions. All reading questions for the first two sections must be answered and entered into Canvas by the end of class tomorrow. Also due tomorrow is the hero interview Q&A.
Academic class: We also started class by analyzing and interpreting the artwork pictured above with similar connections to reading strategies and ways of finding meaning in a text. Next, we read "The Death of Enkidu" and created our notes for internal conflict and imagery in that particular section. We were about to start "The Search for Everlasting Life" when the fire alarm rang, and we were outside until the end of the school day. Tomorrow students will finalize ACES paragraphs to submit to Canvas. They are also working on a hero interview, due 9/14.
Allison Houck, MAT