August 29-September 2

Intro to Hebrew Literature


What is characterization? How can a writer tell/show us a character? Direct characterization, Indirect characterization, and motivation are techniques an author uses to make a character more realistic.

How might we try to characterize Gilgamesh?

Who are the key players when we read ancient Hebrew texts? View the video about the history of Judaism and Christianity:

What would be some of the motivations behind sacred texts? What are the roles of the main characters (men, women, deities, rulers) in ancient texts and ancient civilizations?

Read the Genesis Flood Story. Compare and Contrast the Mesopotamian and Hebrew Flood stories

AP/Honors Extension

History of Judaism – Read & prepare to discuss on Tuesday/Thursday


2nd Block will take the World History Student Learning Objectives Test.

Examine the role of women in ancient literature/civilizations. ruth-scan? View the powerpoint to prepare to read the text.


Vocabulary Quiz



August 22-26, 2016

Archetypes in Literature

Binder Check is Wednesday in both classes. Please see below for all the required assignments. ** Not every section received all of the work. Check with your classmates/teacher.**


Evolution/Neolithic Notes

Cuneiform Worksheet**

Hammurabi’s Code Worksheet

Mesopotamia Map

The Hero in You Do Now

Coordinate/Cumulative Adjectives (2 sheets)

Mesopotamia Vocabulary – defined

Epic Vocabulary – defined

Gilgamesh Questions**

Mesopotamia Chapter 8 Response Items**


Honors/On-Level : Create an Archetypal flip-chart. Include the name, description, and an example of archetypes to help you study.

AP: Share your Hero’s Journey Film examples; how are some interpretations more complex than others. Do the themes in the films vary greatly or not? Do the values of the people and places greatly differ?


Honors/On Level: Apply the mono-myth to film (The Dark Crystal, Pirates of the Caribbean, or The Last Unicorn)

AP: Read the Flood Story from Genesis and begin the story of Ruth. Compare and contrast the Flood stories. Discuss Ruth as a heroine and the significance of this story to ancient Hebrew culture.

Friday: Quiz

August 15-19, 2016

This week, we will analyze Mesopotamian literature and how it reflects the culture of its time.

Vocabulary: Circa, B.C., A.D., archetype, cuneiform, hieroglyphics, epic hero, hero’s quest; epic conventions: opening statement/theme, invocation, in medias res, serious tone, elevated style, epic simile, epithet, ziggurat


We will read/ review “The Epic of Gilgamesh” in the textbook. We will outline how this follows Joseph Campbell’s Hero With a Thousand Faces. What evidence of Mesopotamian culture is evident in this text? How is Gilgamesh a representative hero of his culture? How is he an anti-hero? What archetypes are present in this tale?


2nd & 3rd: Answer critical thinking questions from …Gilgamesh and construct your example of a Mesopotamian city.

4th: Answer critical thinking questions from …Gilgamesh and work on your presentation of one of the elements of civilization.

Don’t forget your edmodo assignment for Mr. Lacy!

1st Binder check for Dennis/Lacy next Wednesday, 8/24/16.



August 8-12, 2016

Monday – A Day

What is civilization? Do we still need heroes or is that an outdated idea? How can a hero be heroic and still flawed?

What does Ancient Mesopotamia look like? Label the following locations:

Tigris River, Euphrates River, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Mediterranean Sea, Caspian Sea, Indian Ocean, Nile River, Sumer, Babylon, Ur, Jerusalem, Arabia, Assyria, Uruk, Ur, Eridu

Discuss summer reading.

Tuesday -A Day

Common Assessment

Wednesday – B Day

Repeat Monday

Thursday – B Day

Repeat Tuesday

Friday – Quiz Day / Art production