Welcome to your next writing assignment! We will be working on this story between now and Thursday, with a brief interruption somewhere in there for Career Cruising 🙂
ELAGSE9-10W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
- 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.
- Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
- Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole.
- Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
- 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: VOCAB!
We’re going to start a new essay today! This one should be pretty fun, I hope. I want you to grab a laptop and do some research one a character from the Trojan War, then write me a story about that character’s adventures during the war. I’ve listed several for you to choose from. Although your story should be fictional, you should base on research about that character – for example, Cassandra has prophetic visions that no one believes are true (but in fact they are 100% accurate). If you write about Cassandra, you should include her gift of prophesy and her curse that no one believes her.
Choose one of the following:
- Agamemnon, King of Kings
- Ajax, Second Best Greek Soldier
- Clytemnestra, Agamemnon’s wife
- Diomedes, another awesome Greek soldier
- Hermione, Menalaus’s and Helen’s daughter
- Iphigenia, Agamemnon’s daughter
- Neoptolemus, Achilles’s son
- Nestor, oldest warlord
- Philoctedes, slayer of Paris
- 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
- Oenone, Paris’s first wife
- Polyxena, Hector’s sister who almost married Achilles
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.
Trade laptops with a friend and read each others’ stories! Give some constructive feedback on how things could improve.
Assessment: Summative (stories will be graded)
Differentiation: Interest (choice of character)