World Lit: The Flood of Noah and the Flood of Utnapishtim

Standards
ELAGSE9-10RI1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. Georgia ELA
ELAGSE9-10RI3 Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and
developed, and the connections that are drawn between them. Georgia ELA
ELAGSE9-10RI6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose. Georgia ELA

Objective
Students will read Noah’s flood story from Genesis and then anylyze two articles that draw different conclusions from comparisons of the same texts.

Activator
Noah’s Ark Disney Storybook Video:

Work Session
Today we’re going to be reading another flood story, much like the one we read yesterday, but this one might be a little more familiar to you. The story is from Genesis, chapters 6-9, and is the story of Noah’s Ark.

We’re going to read the story aloud together, and then do a quick discussion just to make sure everyone knows what’s going on. Afterwards, I want us to consider how the two flood stories we’ve read over the past couple days are similar or different. We can make a venn diagram, or we can just talk about it 🙂

I have two articles for you guys to read. The first is entitled “The Flood of Noah and the Flood of Gilgamesh” and comes to us from the Institute for Creation Research (http://www.icr.org/article/noah-flood-gilgamesh/). The second is called “Before Noah: Flood Myths Are Older Than the Bible” and is from Time Magazine (http://time.com/44631/noah-christians-flood-aronofsky/). These articles both compare the two versions of the flood story and draw two different conclusions.

Why do you think these articles read the same stories and interpreted them in vastly different ways? What was each article’s intended audience? Do you think anyone reading either article changed their minds about which story came first?

Closing Session
To close out today, I want everyone to grab a sheet of paper (a half sheet is fine) and write a short paragraph on these two articles. Analyze the author’s motives and purpose in writing these two articles, consider if either author is biased, and theorize why they come to two exact opposite conclusions.

Assessment
Formative (paragraphs, class discussions)

Differentiation
Process (scaffolding, learning styles)

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