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)
- ELAGSE11-12RI7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented indifferent media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem. Georgia ELA
- ELAGSE11-12W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. Georgia ELA
- ELAGSE11-12W5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. Georgia ELA
- ELAGSE11-12W7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation. Georgia ELA
I can research my chosen topic for my argumentative essay.
Time to choose your topics! I’ll come around and write down what everyone wants to use for their essay topic, and if you’re not sure, I’ll help you pick something.
Grab a laptop and start researching your argumentative essay!!
Your goal today is to find three sources online that you can use in your paper and start writing down quotes you can cite in your essay. You should also go ahead and make the Works Cited page while you are doing your research – you can either enter sources in Word (I’ll show you how) or use CitationMachine.net if you are writing in Google Docs.
Your final essay should be at least 750 words and contain at least 3 citations from at least 3 sources. You should avoid any logical fallacies in your argument and use multiple persuasive appeals.
Check in!! I’ll come around and make sure everyone is on track.
Formative (essay check in), Summative (essay)
Process (scaffolding, research help), product (varied length)