We started our first piece of literature today, The Epic of Gilgamesh. Click here for a copy. We discussed the idea of characterization as we read the first tablet. We really focused on the difference between direct and indirect characterization. See the lesson below for more details.
Today we looked at how writers use sensory language & dialogue to help the reader. A good story uses language that appeals to the senses to help put the reader in the setting. Well written dialogue helps the characters develop and makes them seem like real people. In your upcoming essay I’m really going to be looking for this. Besides, it’s on the rubric.
Our class time was cut a little short due to picture today. We did get to go over the basic of what I’m looking for in your first writing assignment, the reflective essay. Click here for a copy of the assignment.
Click here for a printable copy of the rubric. We went over it in detail today. Remember, I don’t give you a grade. I simply check off where you fall on the rubric and that determines your grade. You can do the same thing. After you finish your draft, use the rubric as a checklist to see what you can improve.
You will have time in class tomorrow to work on your draft.
Today we looked at the idea that the The Hero’s Journey is part of all of our lives. We all go through it every time we face new, unknown challenges. That is why this pattern is so appealing to humans. It doesn’t matter if you’re from Tonga or Texas, you’re pattern of experiences is similar.
Some of you went to an assembly today. No worries, we’ll go over this tomorrow.
For the rest of you, we spent the period discussion “The Hero Journey.” This is an idea that postulates that all hero stories come from the same “Monomyth. We explored the ideas of Jung & Campbell and examined the steps in the journey. These steps are laid out in the lesson attached to this post.
Looking at your mind maps, it appears that most of you think being a hero involves a combination of bravery, courage, and selflessness. I would agree. Pretty soon we’ll see how all of these ideas have been used for thousands of years to tell stories about heroes.
Welcome to end of your first day as a Roslyn High School Freshman. It may have been a little exhausting, but we are off to a great start. Today was the last day that you’ll listen to me lecture. I promise that our classes will be much more interactive in the future.
As I said in class, you will not need a notebook for this class once you receive your iPad. Until then, bring a paper and a writing tool to class. Once you receive your iPad, we will go completely paperless.
If you need to get a hold of me, you can always reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no homework tonight.
The entire lesson will be posted when we complete it tomorrow.