I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
Day 10, Sem. 1
My apologies for posting today's blog a bit late. I was working all throughout the day to make sure everyone who turned in a peer edited ACES paragraph received credit and that all students could have access to feedback on their practice ACES before working on the first "official" writing assignment of the quarter this week. In class today, students read independently for 10 minutes, and then we completed going over this unit's vocabulary list. I really enjoy discussing the shades of meaning for each of our words and the history behind many of the vocabulary. Parents, get in on the fun! Ask your student to tell you more about the words on our list and see how much they picked up on in class. I use visuals to get students to talk about words, so ask about the pictures I chose for each word. After vocabulary, we reviewed our reading of "The Death of Enkidu" from Friday (4th period had to actually read the text -- we ran out of time on Friday) and worked on the deeper comprehension skills that English II is so famous for. :-) Specifically, we looked at the internal conflicts of Enkidu and Gilgamesh and what those struggles contributed to the theme/deeper meaning of the text. We also analyzed the imagery from this section describing the Man-bird and the House of Dust so that students could understand Gilgamesh's fear and despair that drives him to leave his home country and begin a journey/adventure. Students had 15-20 minutes at the end of class to read the following section, "The Search for Everlasting Life." I also asked them to write answers (or notes for answers) to four questions about this passage so they would be prepared to discuss it's deeper meaning in class tomorrow. For those who did not finish the reading in class or those who were absent, the PDF of the textbook pages is available on Canvas as are the discussion questions.
HW: 1. Continue working on hero definition ACES (due Tuesday pm). Ideally, students should be finished with planning the paragraph (deciding on claim and finding best textual evidence, esp.) and are ready to write the paragraph itself. Writing must be completed in the Google doc (docs.google.com/a/wcpss.net/document/d/1jdIfmG1o3jKS-bibuSaW81DhmUJXnohuyT3HKpGzZno/edit?usp=copy) students copied to their Google Drive on Friday.
2. Finish reading/answering discussion questions in prep for tomorrow's class.
3. Remember you have a vocabulary quiz coming up on Wednesday. Use the Quizlet if you'd like to help you study.
Allison Houck, MAT