Tuesday, September 06th - Welcome to grade 9!
Learning Goal: I will examine the expectations of grade 9 academic English
Minds On: Why are you excited about English? Why are you not so excited?
Action: Examine course outline and expectations for classroom
House keeping, lockers, etc.
Consolidation: Goal setting and diagnostic quiz
Wednesday, 07th - Introduction to Mythology
Before we begin you must finish your diagnostic quiz!
Learning Goal: I will begin to examine the origins and evolution of storytelling
Minds On: Pre-reading questions and discussion
Action: Broken telephone - I need a volunteer!
Intro to mythology lesson
Consolidation: Your turn!
Thursday, 08th -Library - ISU - we will meet in the classroom
Friday, 09th - Evolution of storytelling
Learning Goal: I will continue to examine mythology and the origins of storytelling by creating a timeline of writing and storytelling.
Minds On: Discuss questions/homework
Action: Create a timeline
Consolidation: What is one new and interesting thing you learned today?
...we may begin our Monday note!
Monday, 12th - Why study mythology? Picture Day!
Learning Goal: I will begin to examine the importance of studying mythology in order to prepare myself for this unit.
Minds On: Write down one thing you learned last week without looking at your notes!
Action: We will complete our timeline and write a note on why we study mythology.
Consolidation: On a post-it, re-write a myth you know. Be prepared to share with the class! (Post-it etiquette: do not crumple up your post-it as you will "stick it to Shakespeare" at the end of class)
Tuesday, 13th - Creation Stories
Learning Goal: I will continue to study mythology and begin to examine creation stories
Minds On: 15 mins ISU reading, One mythology story you know
Action: Finish note, sign out texts
Consolidation: Write a story to demonstrate how the world was created...
Wednesday, 14th - Common Elements in Creation Stories
Learning Goals: We will begin to examine the common elements in creation stories
Minds On: Handout overview
Action: Common elements, read two stories
Consolidation: Compare using your knowledge of the common elements
Thursday, 15th - ISU Day in the library!
Homework... Greek creation story
Friday, 16th - Terry Fox Assembly
Monday, 19th - Creation Stories - Norse and others
ISU Mini Assignment #1 Due today!
Learning Goal: I will continue to examine the common elements in creation stories
Minds On: Map out your Greek creation story
Action: Read three more creation stories and compare to our Greek version
Consolidation: What element do you think is the most important to each of these stories?
Tuesday, 20th - More Creation Stories!
Learning Goal: I will continue to examine creation stories and compare for similarities
Minds On: 15 minutes to complete chart paper task
Action: What is the main idea? Two new creation stories 178-183
Consolidation: Present your posters!
Learning Goal: I will complete my comparison chart and understand the main idea
HOUSEKEEPING: Write down the following pieces of homework you will be expected to complete this unit. Your test date has also been set!
Minds On: Chart comparisons
What is the main idea of the creation stories we have read?
HOMEWORK: “Coyote and the Fish Dam” (Mythic Voices, 55-56) and “The Apples of Iduna” (Mythic Voices, 60 - 64)
Tricksters and Transformers
“Anansi Gives Nyame a Child” (Mythic Voices, 57 - 59)
1. What roles do tricksters and transformers play in the various myths? Explain your thinking.
2. Why does it make sense to you that animals like ravens and coyotes are portrayed as tricksters and transformers? Explain your thinking.
3. How is the character of bugs bunny consistent with the “trickster”? Explain your thinking.
Homework:“The Labours of Hercules” (Deeds of Gods and Heroes, 95-106)
Homework: “The Wrath of Achilles” (Deeds of Gods and Heroes, 120-137)
“The Voyage of Odysseus” (Mythic Voices, 195 – 205)
Learning Goal: I will continue to examine the hero cycle
Minds on: FInish our videos from Friday!
Action: Create a hero cycle chart tracing your three Greek myths!
Consolidation: Who fits the hero cycle the best? Can you think of any other "heroes"?
Homework: “Beowulf and the Fight with Grendel” (Mythic Voices, 82-86)
“Windigo” (Mythic Voices, 96-97)
“Arthur and the Two Swords” (Mythic Voices, 157-167)
Tuesday, 27th - Heroes: Other Cultures NOTE: TEST TOMORROW! Do you have your review?
Learning Goal: I will write a paragraph using proper paragraph format
Minds On: Elements, format, exemplars
Action: Write your own! It needs to be about heroes!
What lessons can be learned from reading hero myths?
Consolidation: Checklist and exit card!
Wednesday, 28th - Mythology Unit Test