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World Lit: Allow Me to Introduce You to a Thesis Statement

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.
  • ELAGSE9-10W4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • ELAGSE9-10W10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Learning Target: I will write an introduction paragraph with a strong thesis statement

Opening: VOCAB QUIZ!!

Work Session: Let’s do a mini-session on thesis statements:

Next we will spend 5 minutes watching a video on how to create a strong and interesting thesis statement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wxE8R_x5I0 Everyone pay attention, you will need to know how to do this!

Next, we will read together the first 2 paragraphs of Mrs. Bristow’s Cultural Identity Social Justice essay called “Cinco de Drinko: Cultural Appropriation of Mexican Holidays”, that I will put on the big screen for all to see. Then, you will identify Mrs. Bristow’s Thesis Statement and we will analyze it together.

Finally, you will write your intro paragraph for your Social Justice Research Papers and include a killer thesis statement! This is a graded activity that must be completed today. I will go over the Grading Rubric with you.

Please grab a piece of paper and start drafting your intro and thesis statement for your research paper.

Closing: Choose a few volunteers to share theirs’ with the class.

Assessment: Formative (individual conferences, checks of research packets); Summative (final essay product)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding, frameworks)

World Lit: Greek Hero Story DUE!!

Standard: 

ELAGSE9-10W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

  1. Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events.
  2. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
  3. Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole.
  4. Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
  5. Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.

Learning Target: I can compose a research-based story about a Greek or Trojan hero.

Opening Session: MLA Format recap!

Work Session: 

YOUR STORY IS DUE TODAY!!!!!

In a well-organized story of about 750 words, depict a scene from the Trojan War starring your chosen character. You should not try to tell me the whole epic story of the ten year war – you can’t do that in 750 words. Instead, you should choose a single scene from the war and show your character in that scene. Your story should include dialogue, sensory language, action, and character development.

Choose one of the following:

  • Greeks:
    • Agamemnon, King of Kings
    • Ajax, Second Best Greek Soldier
    • Clytemnestra, Agamemnon’s wife
    • Diomedes, another awesome Greek soldier
    • Helen
    • Hermione, Menalaus’s and Helen’s daughter
    • Iphigenia, Agamemnon’s daughter
    • Neoptolemus, Achilles’s son
    • Nestor, oldest warlord
    • Philoctedes, slayer of Paris
  • Trojans:
    • Aeneas, Hector’s second cousin and one of the survivors of Troy
    • Andromache, Hector’s wife
    • Cassandra, Priam and Hecuba’s daughter, Hector/Paris’s sister
    • Deiphobus, Hector’s brother (the one Athena pretended to be)
    • Hecuba, Priam’s wife
    • Helen
    • Oenone, Paris’s first wife
    • Polyxena, Hector’s sister who almost married Achilles

Closing Session:

TURN IT IN!!!

AssessmentSummative (stories will be graded)

Differentiation: Interest (choice of character)

World Lit: Iliad/Troy Essay, Day 2

Standards

  • ELAGSE9-10RL1 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
  • ELAGSE9-10RL3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL7 Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums (e.g., Auden’s poem “Musée de Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus), including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment. Georgia ELA

Objective
Students will be able to analyze the similarities and differences in the two artistic representations of the Death of Hector we have studied as a class.

Opening Session
Grab your essay and read over what you wrote yesterday. Consider where you might change or add things, then let’s get to writing!

Work Session

Your goal today is to finish your essay in which you compare and contrast the two versions of the Trojan War 🙂

The Iliad vs. Troy

Wolfgang Peterson’s 2004 film Troy is a modern retelling of the story of the Trojan War. Homer’s Iliad is the authoritative story of the war, dating back to 700 BC. Although the movie and the book tell the same story, there are many differences between them. Your assignment is to write a 500-word (2 FULL pages) essay analyzing WHY the moviemakers changed parts of the book.

You might consider the following topics:

·       The presence or absence of the gods

·       Hector’s death

·       Patroclus and Achilles’s relationship

·       The portrayal of Bressius

·       Paris and Helen’s relationship

·       Menelaus’s death

Your essay should go beyond simply explaining the differences between the movie and the book. You should attempt to analyze WHY the moviemakers made specific changes to the story, considering what is emphasized or absent in each presentation.

Closing Session
Read your essay out loud to yourself and give it a final proofread, then turn it in!

Assessment
Summative (Essay)

Differentiation
Process (scaffolded essay prompt) Product (varied lengths as needed)

World Lit: Iliad/Troy Essay, Day 1

Standards

  • ELAGSE9-10RL1 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
  • ELAGSE9-10RL3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL7 Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums (e.g., Auden’s poem “Musée de Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus), including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment. Georgia ELA

Objective
Students will be able to analyze the similarities and differences in the two artistic representations of the Death of Hector we have studied as a class.

Activator

NEW VOCAB!!

  1. Anguish
  2. Bravado
  3. Dauntless
  4. Folly
  5. Illustrious
  6. Rabble
  7. Succor
  8. Vex
  9. Vindictive
  10. Quell

Work Session

The Iliad vs. Troy

Wolfgang Peterson’s 2004 film Troy is a modern retelling of the story of the Trojan War. Homer’s Iliad is the authoritative story of the war, dating back to 700 BC. Although the movie and the book tell the same story, there are many differences between them. Your assignment is to write a 500-word (2 FULL pages) essay analyzing WHY the moviemakers changed parts of the book.

You might consider the following topics:

·       The presence or absence of the gods

·       Hector’s death

·       Patroclus and Achilles’s relationship

·       The portrayal of Bressius

·       Paris and Helen’s relationship

·       Menelaus’s death

Your essay should go beyond simply explaining the differences between the movie and the book. You should attempt to analyze WHY the moviemakers made specific changes to the story, considering what is emphasized or absent in each presentation.

Closer
Trade papers with a friend and give each other some constructive feedback 🙂

Assessment
Summative (Essay)

World Lit:TFA Essay, Due Today!

Standard: 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.

Learning Target: I can write a literary analysis of Things Fall Apart.

Opening Session: Get out your essay from yesterday and read it over carefully. Check for any errors, then grab a highlighter and go through and highlight each of your quotes, including the lead-in. Make sure you have at least five!! And make sure you copy down the Work Cited for the end of your paper:

Work Cited

Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. Penguin Books, 2017.

Work Session: 

You will have the whole class period to finish your final draft of your essay. Don’t waste this time; your essay is due today!

Closing Session:

Do a final read over of your essay – out loud! – and then turn it in to the basket!

Assessment: Informal (prewriting check)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)