Reviewed the Flood Story and added to our Venn Diagrams
Worked in groups on the "David and Goliath" assignment (see 'Handouts')
Entry #23 (see journal link on the main classroom page)
Many groups turned in their "David and Goliath" assignment today, but they are officially due Monday.
We started class by watching a 3-minute video clip about the Hebrews. After students took notes on the Hebrews in their notebooks (entry #21). After, students read the 'Story of the Flood' silently and created a Venn Diagram (entry #22) comparing the story of Noah to the story of Utnapishtim in the 'Epic of Gilgamesh.' Notebooks were also collected today for points for 4th hour only.
At the start of class, the Creation Stories assignment from yesterday was collected. Then, I passed out and reviewed the Informative Essay Handout. After, we completed Journal Entry #20 which included the informative topic for this unit and a step-by-step guide to writing these types of papers. To end class, we had a brief class discussion about the creation stories read yesterday.
Today, students worked in lab 300 on an individual assignment about creation stories from around the world (see link to assignment under handouts). The two-part assignment included a chart to fill out and a blog post on the Turnitin.com discussion board. Both parts of the assignment are due tomorrow at the beginning of the hour.
Students completed journal entry #19. We then reviewed the Egyptian poems from Friday. Students had the chance to revise their assignment from Friday, if needed. After, we reviewed the upcoming Culture Day assignment and students read articles in small groups about the food and customs of the ancient cultures we've studied. To end class, the groups reported back to the class.
Today, students completed a journal entry (18) on QAR, then completed a group poetry assignment on Egyptian poetry.
Students completed journal entry #15 to practice using their literary terms in context. After, students had the option of sharing their Gilgamesh sound tracks for extra credit. Next, students copied down four more term to their literary list, then watched a five-minute video clip about the Egyptians and wrote down five facts they learned (entry #16). Finally, 3rd and 4th hours took down some Egyptian pre-notes (entry #17). 5th and 6th hours did not have time to do this, so they will do so at the beginning of the hour tomorrow.
We reviewed the class calendar for upcoming tests and paper deadlines. Then, we reviewed the format for turning in essays for the course and then spent some time on writing persuasive essays. The first essay topic was then shared and we did some whole-class pre-writing in journal entry #14.
Today, students learned how to use Google Docs and then used it to create a soundtrack for a movie idea for "The Epic of Gilgamesh" in groups of 2-3. The soundtracks will be due at the beginning of the hour tomorrow.
Students completed journal entry #13 which was to read an article about the "Gilgamesh Games" and answer four questions. After discussing the article as a class, students then worked in small groups on a character analysis grid about Gilgamesh, then turned in their work for points. Students then added a new word to their word wall, allusion, and watched a short video clip example. Finally, some hours played the grammar game on Free Rice.