Bhagavad-Wednesday

Good morning, everyone! And awesome job yesterday, Lady Cardinals!!! And good luck tonight, JV Volleyball!

Standard: RL.9-10.2. Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Learning Target: Students will read the Bhagavad-Gita and learn a little about Indian culture, as well as refine their summarizing techniques.

Activator: Everything you read on the Internet is true. (and) Noah’s Ark – Found?!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! You know the best part about a short week? The weekend comes 20% faster!! Not that I’m super-desperate for a weekend but… well… sleeping in is nice 🙂

…aaaanyway, today we’re reading a selection from our textbook that comes from the Bhagavad-Gita. This is a very famous text from India, and may be one of the most famous and widely read stories in the entire world. This particular story is a conversation between one of the Indian gods, Lord Krishna, and his follower Arjuna.

A question for you all, then. Do you think literature has a tendency to reflect the values of the society from which it came? Do you think that all societal values across the world are exactly the same? What about things thatare exactly the same from culture to culture – why are some things universal, and some things not?

In this selection from the text, we’ll learn a little about the Hindu caste system, which is a society that has been divided really rigidly into different social classes. It’s very very hard to move between castes – almost impossible. Each social class has a duty or obligation. Think of it like worker ants or bees you might have read about in science class. Can a worker ant ever go out and be a warrior ant? It’s the same in this Hindu caste system.

In this particular selection, we’re reading about someone who does not want to follow the role that is set out for him. We’ll read about how Krishna explains to him what his true obligations might be, and how it will or will not affect Arjuna and his future.

Heavy day, right? We’ll read about this and then do a bit of writing:

  • The Incredible Shrinking Summary!!
    • As a table, write everything you can remember about the story on one side of one sheet of notebook paper.
    • Next, condense what you wrote down to the green sheet of paper.
    • Finally, condense the green sheet down to one side of the pink sheet of paper.
  • This final pink summary is your boiled-down version of the Bhagavad-Gita. Pretty cool, huh?

…and after that, we’ll end the day with a bit more House of the Scorpion. Reminders! Don’t forget 10 more vocab words due Friday. That means you need a total of 30 words this Friday! Have an awesome Wednesday, everyone!!

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