Lesson Plans
World Literature 1st Q 12.13 Lesson Plans
Week: 09/24/2012 Instructor: Duane Hannan Academics

Discuss the events of Book 24. Have the students tell you what the big events are. Collect the outlines. Pass back the papers, which includes a summary paper of Book 6 that the students turned in last Tuesday.

The Iliad (and for that matter Gilgamesh and Genesis) endures because of the human values it contains, values like courage and loyalty. Divide the students into groups (Stephanie/Reed, Diamond/Andrew M., Andrew B./Josh, Matthew/Trey, Hannah/Jordan, Calvin/Katie). The groups should discuss/list values developed in the poem and note where they are developed. Its important that the students take notes as they discuss. Whats Homer do with his poem to develop the values? Give them 15 minutes or so then split them back up and assign two paragraphs that support the thesis, The Iliad remains popular. We may not always agree with the emphasis Homer puts on certain values, but we still relate to them. The problem for each paragraph is to answer 1) what value does Homer highlight, 2) whats Homer do to highlight the value, and 3) whats Homer have to say about the value. Ive scheduled the big laptop cart computer lab. Youll have to pick it up from the account class (Leo) after 2nd period. The students have the rest of today and half of tomorrow. They also need to work on revising the Book 6 summaries that you passed back earlier.

Tell them to review for big test on The Iliad, which will be the second half of tomorrow.


Juniors are gone the first part of the class. Give those who remain half the class to draft. Halfway through have the students return their computers. Pass out the first three pages of the test on The Iliad. The first three pages are not open book. Save the fourth page for tomorrow.


Life 101 for the first half of the period.

Pass out the 4th page of the test on The Iliad. It is open book.


The next work the students read is another Greek work, this one by Sophocles called Oedipus the King. Introduce it by reminding the students about the riddle of the sphinx--what walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at midday, and three legs at night: a human. The person who solved the riddle, Oedipus, ended the plague in Greece and as a reward became king and married the widow queen. Then events turn on Oedipus.

Mention that drama in Greece during the time of Sophocles was a popular public event, a competition on the same level and valued the same as athletic competition.

Have the students read about and outline the passage on Sophocles p. 429 (due tomorrow). Also pass out and assign the handout p. 564 and briefly define the words (also due tomorrow).


Collect the outline from yesterday. Review and collect the vocabulary handout.

Assign the background reading on Oedipus, p.p. 430-431 and have the students answer the following: In Aristotles ideal tragedy, what leads the tragic character to a fall? (s) and also have them draw a family tree that represents the leading households of Thebes and Corinth.

Then play the video at http://www.learn360.com/ShowVideo.aspx?ID=678687. Ive talked to Torild about setting up a computer to play
See Monday.
See Monday.
See Monday.
See Monday.
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