World Lit: Flood Comparison Essay, Day 1

Standards
ELAGSE9-10W2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection,
organization, and analysis of content. Georgia ELA
ELAGSE9-10W2.a Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings),
graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. Georgia ELA
ELAGSE9-10W2.b Develop the topic with well-chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples
appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic. Georgia ELA
ELAGSE9-10W2.c Use appropriate and varied transitions to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and
concepts. Georgia ELA
ELAGSE9-10W2.d Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic. Georgia ELA
ELAGSE9-10W2.e Establish and maintain an appropriate style and objective tone. Georgia ELA
ELAGSE9-10W2.f Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the
significance of the topic). Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will begin to write an essay comparing and contrasting the two flood stories we have read in class, and analyzing why they are so similar.

Opening Session
Grab a laptop! I want to quickly go over how to set up your paper in MLA format with the correct font, spacing, and heading. I’ll also review how to save your work under your student number so you can upload it to our class google drive.

Work Session
Okay! Today we’re going to begin writing our first essay together. I want you to take a closer look at the two flood stories we’ve read together, the flood from Gilgamesh and the flood from Genesis. As we’ve discussed, both stories are very similar, but they do have some minor differences. Also, there is some major controversy surrounding which story came first.

In a well organized essay of about 500 words, compare and contrast the two flood stories and analyze why you think they are so similar. You can use the articles we read on Friday as additional sources. You should cite quotes from at least 3 of your 4 available sources (Gilgamesh, Noah, and the two articles we read). You should explain to your reader both the similarities and differences in the stories, AND you should analyze WHY the two pieces are so similar.

Your essay will be due at the end of class tomorrow. Although there is not a required number of paragraphs, you should know that 500 words is about 4 or 5 paragraphs, depending on how long you make them.

Closing Session
To close out the day, I’ll call your attention back to the board and show everyone how to upload your essay to the class google drive, tinyurl.com/BristowWorldLit. This will be how you turn in all your essays for my class.

Assessment Strategies
Summative (essay)

Differentiation
Process (Scaffolding)

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