Our Names Will Be Remembered for Generations

Before we dig into Gilgamesh, just a couple of quick reminders:

  • Your narrative essays are due on Friday.  Bring your typed essays in stapled and printed in a 12 point font.
  • Make sure you have a working Apple ID.  Click here to set up a new Apple ID

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.

For homework, please finish reading the first five tablets (Up to and including page 7).  When you finish, please complete the worksheet on indirect characterization.  This will be collected tomorrow.  We will also use it for an in class activity.

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“I will proclaim the deeds of Gilgamesh!”

Before we dive into Gilgamesh, a quick word about your narrative essays:

-All essays are due on Friday

-All essays should be typed in 12 point, Times New Roman font

-All essays should be double spaced

-All essays should be stapled before you come to class

We started to look at The Epic of Gilgamesh today.  I will give you a hard copy tomorrow.  If you would like a digital copy, click here

We will dig into the epic tomorrow.

Click here for the lesson from today.


Sensory Language & Dialogue

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.

Here is the video I showed you on dialogue:

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Writing About Your Journey


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.

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The Journey In Each of Us

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.

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For homework tonight, please complete the Refelctive Writing Assignment worksheet.  Click here for a copy

Click here for the Reflective Writing Assignment due on 9/16/16


The Journey of the Hero Begins….

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.

For homework, I’d like you to read an article on The Hero Journey.  Click here to read it.


This will be the basis for our discussion tomorrow.

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What is a Hero?


Today we started to look at a question we’ll be asking all year long: What is a hero?  We started by making mind maps.  Click here to see what you created.  

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.

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The iAm Project

I’m really excited to see what you can create using iMovie Trailers.  Our first video, The iAM Project, is quick and easy.  Best of all, it give me a chance to get to know all of you a little better.

Tomorrow, please come in with images that answer the following questions:

Who are you?
What do you care about?
Who do you care about?
What/who do love/like?
What do you aspire to be?

Tomorrow I’ll show you how to use iMovie Trailer templates to create your own iAm Video Project.

Here is the example I showed in class:




It was a pleasure to meet you today

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 lreiff@roslynschools.org

There is no homework tonight.

The entire lesson will be posted when we complete it tomorrow.