The ELA final exam is after lunch on Friday, June 8.
*Be sure to bring your copy of Beowulf and the chapters of the Iliad... you can use them on the test!
A review guide was given out in class, but you can click HERE to view a digital copy.
Use your notes to review for the exam,
and click through below if you'd like to use your classmates' power point presentations to review Egyptian, Norse, Yoruba, or Hindu mythology. (Just be sure to use your HSPS email!)
--> Just a reminder: in order to complete your Group Mythology Project Mastery, you MUST submit the peer and self-evaluation!
Click HERE if you need another copy of it.
Click HERE for a digital copy of A block's assignment packet
and HERE for a digital copy of F block's assignment packet
A BLOCK SCHEDULE:
Friday, May 25 - Norse Mythology
Tuesday, May 29 - Hindu Mythology
Wednesday, May 30 - Egyptian Mythology
Thursday, May 31 - Yoruba Mythology
BOARD GAME DUE: Friday, June 1
F BLOCK SCHEDULE:
Friday, May 25 - Yoruba Mythology
Tuesday, May 29 - Egyptian Mythology
Wednesday, May 30 - Norse Mythology
Thursday, May 31 - Hindu Mythology
BOARD GAME DUE: Friday, June 1
One homework task is due Tuesday 5/22.
The second homework task is due Tuesday 5/29.
Each assignment is a 25-point homework grade.
Select from the following five options:
Option 1: Re-write a myth in 1st person POV. Take the role of one of the gods or heroes from your research and re-tell a famous myth that they take part in THROUGH THEIR PERSPECTIVE. Be creative and original! Include a link to the version of the story you found in your research. (Should be 1 - 2 pages, typed, double-spaced.)
Option 2: Create an illustrated, fully labelled map of the world(s) according to your research. Make sure you have accounted for the spaces humans live, gods live, & whatever concept of an afterlife there may be. Be clear, creative, & detailed in your design! This should be your original work - use drawing or collage techniques.
Option 3: Make a poster weaving together a gods’ family tree with a creation story. Design a poster that uses images and text to show a creation myth from your research, along with a central family tree of either the gods or heroes that you found in your research. This requires thoughtful design to weave the characters and events together in a way that the stories & relationships are clear. Do some planning on paper before making poster!
Option 4: Write and record a “theme song” or “epic rap” for one of your gods OR heroes. You can set your words to music/rhythms that already exist or come up with your own. Song/rap should have at least 2 verses + a chorus that is repeated. You can use things like epithets, repetition, alliteration, kennings, etc. to help you! Submit words + email a recording to firstname.lastname@example.org
Option 5: Write “bio-poems” for 5 gods/goddesses. Use the following format:
Four Traits of Character.
Relative of ____ (1-3 people).
Lover of _____ (1-3 things or people).
Who feels _____ (1-3 things).
Who needs ____ (1-3 things).
Who fears ____ (1-3 things).
Who gives _____ (1-3 things).
Who would like to see ____ (1-3 things).
Resident of ______.
Repeat name (or give alternative name if they have one.)
Beowulf close-reading TASK
2. Make 6 (small) illustrations from this scene, put in order as if you are making a comic.
You can do your illustrated panels by hand, or you can use https://www.storyboardthat.com/storyboard-creator to complete this assignment.
(Make sure you add frames so that you have 3x2 and save or print your work.)
Whether you go with the storyboard website or sketch your own images, you are not being graded based on the quality of your art, but on the demonstrated comprehension, detail, & creativity with which you bring the story to life through these illustrations. Get creative, be clear, and have fun with your work!
The full “comic strip” (all 6 illustrations w/quotes) is due on Friday 5/11 - please print at home, bring your original work, or simply save & email the storyboard to email@example.com.
Click HERE for the assignment sheet with rubric.
The first four minutes of this video provide a pretty good overview of the introduction to Beowulf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcqMp_D5pdE
For Thursday 4/26,
A Block should have read up to line 85 "Grendel Attacks Heorot,"
and F block should have read up to line 209 " A Hero Arrives."
1. Please read lines 1 - 63 in your Beowulf packet!
2. As you read, annotate carefully for unfamiliar words and kennings - for each, mark them in the text and make a note in the margin.
3. At the end of this section, make a family tree for Shield Sheafson!
DUE at the beginning of class on Wednesday 4/25
The next text we will be reading is Beowulf.
An important distinction: Beowulf in italics like that refers to the epic poem. Beowulf in regular text like this refers to the epic hero, or protagonist of our tale.
TASK ONE: Take your time exploring the following websites, taking notes as you read. You can click on any links you see for additional information! Be sure to jot down any key details and interesting information. CLASSWORK 4/19 & 4/20
1) THE ANGLO-SAXONS
Think: What were the values of the Anglo-Saxon society? How did men and women spend their time? What was the culture like at the time Beowulf was written? Use all of these resources to form your answer:
Think: What are the peoples involved in this story? What do we know and what do we not know about Beowulf the character and Beowulf the text?
After you've learned about the story's background, learn more about the story's setting and specifically the Mead Hall.
3) THE LANGUAGE
Beowulf is typical of Old English poetry in that it uses a great deal of alliteration, and it is also full of kennings. Please check out these examples of kennings, note the definition, and try to write some examples of your own. Don't google them - get creative!
Organize your notes in a way that makes sense to YOU - collage? timeline? map? flowchart? Boxed chunks of information? Pictures and labels? WEEKEND HW
This is a document you will SHOW Ms. Rush on Monday 4/23. You will also use it that day to help demonstrate what you have learned about the cultural and literary background of Beowulf, and you will be able to use it as a reference sheet throughout this unit. There is no wrong way to do this - just make sure you've taken the time to review and organize the information you've gleaned from this webquest.
Adapted from the classrooms of Ms. Gossling and others.
The Iliad unit quiz is TOMORROW, Tuesday 4/17.
The quiz will include multiple choice questions, True/False, matching characters to their descriptions, and several short answer questions. You should be comfortable with all key characters among the Trojans, Greeks, and gods/goddesses and the the overall plot. Review characteristics of an epic and your notes on Ancient Greek culture and the back stories of both Paris and Achilles!
Read Book 24 (the last chapter!) and answer the guided reading questions.
Due Monday 4/16
Gods & Heroes - world literature
This course dives into foundational legends and myths from around the world, investigating how societies have used story-telling to shape and transmit their identities and values. We will have the opportunity to do a comparative study of central texts and figures from a variety of ancient civilizations.