“Adad the Storm God came riding on a black cloud, stirring up a terrible storm”

You guys did a great job with the Venn Diagrams!  I’ve posted them all to the cool projects page.  Here is the video we watched on Noah’s Ark.

We spent the bulk of the period using Venn Diagrams to compare and contrast the story of Noah with the story  of Utnapishtim in The Epic of Gilgamesh.  You guys were able to find the differences in the simalarities and simalarities in the differences!  It was great.  I’ve posted all of the images to the Cool Projects page.  Feel free to share them.

There is no homework this weekend.  Enjoy some down time.

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Attack Son of Uruk


Today we pretended that I’m a Hollywood producer.  I’m making a film version of the epic of Gilgamesh.  Your job was to pitch me an actor.  Based on Gilgamesh’s direct & indirect characterization, who should play the 5th king of Uruk?  You guys came up with some great ideas.

We looked at the foreshadowing at the end of Tablet 5.  As most of you predicted, Enkidu dies in tonight’s reading.  Think about how that will affect his best friend Gilgamesh.

For homework please read Tablets 6,7, & 8.  In a short paragraph (6-7 sentences) please explain to me who is responsible for Enikidu’s death.  Who should we blame?  There is no wrong answer here as long as you support your answer with text.  MAKE SURE YOU USE TEXTUAL EVIDENCE.

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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.

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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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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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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

There is no homework tonight.

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

Welcome to Freshman Humanities

Welcome to your first day of Freshman English.  We will take a look at literature in entirely new ways this year.  We will not be reading five novels and we will not be filling out study guides.  Instead, we will look at how literature, art, philosophy, history, and sociology all shape the world we live in.

I look forward to being your guide on this experience.  Please let me know if you  have any questions.  You can always reach me by email at