I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
Semester 2, Day 3
We started class with 10 minutes of independent reading time -- this will be our typical opening activity this semester. IRT is beneficial to students in so many ways. Just 10 minutes of daily reading has been shown to increases the vocabulary words you're exposed to by 104%! I'll remind you of other benefits of IRT as the semester continues. After reading, students shared their personal hero stories and inferred characteristics of their tablemates (1st period will begin sharing stories on Tuesday at mandatory Smart Lunch because we have a shorter class today and tomorrow). Next, we reviewed the first 5 vocabulary words from the Epic of Gligamesh list and students took notes on definition, synonyms, and antonyms. To begin our reading of the epic, students first took notes on a video that explains the hero's journey archetype (see below) and then reviewed the introduction to the epic that defined the hero's status quo and characterization. I assigned students to read pages 24-28 in the textbook and complete the comprehension activities on the handout (Elements of Fiction) for those pages. What they could not finish in class is homework. The textbook pages are available on my Canvas site as a pdf file.
Homework: Finish reading pages 24-28 in Epic of Gilgamesh and complete the Elements of Fiction handout.
Allison Houck, MAT