Learning Agenda: April 20, 2011

Learning Agenda:
April 20, 2011
Ms. S. Hines
Warm Up (all blocks)
Have your binders on your desk.
Remember ELA binders are YOUR responsibility and
should accompany you to class DAILY.
Pass out graphic organizers (add them to your binders)
Create a new entry in your ELA notebook.
• Title: Journal entry (Should you live for the present or
the future?)
• Date: 4/19/2011
• Don’t forget to add this entry to your Table of
Contents (TOC).
• Is it better to save for the future or enjoy yourself in
the present? Explain your answer.
–Responses should be at least 3 paragraphs.
Essential Questions:
What is mythology?
Why is important to find,
explore, and compare
similarities and differences
in mythologies from
different cultures?
Find, explore, and compare
similarities and differences in
mythologies from different
Complete my unit graphic
organizer and keep it in my
What is Mythology?
 Mythos: “tale” or “story”
 my·thol·o·gy [mi-thol-uh-jee]
–noun, plural -gies.
1. a body of myths, as that of a particular
people or that relating to a particular
person: Greek mythology.
2. myths collectively.
3. the science or study of myths.
4. a set of stories, traditions, or beliefs
associated with a particular group or the
history of an event, arising naturally or
deliberately fostered: the fascist mythology
of the interwar years.
Fairy Tales
1.a simple children's story
about magical creatures
2.a false story that is
meant to trick people
Warm Up for B2 and B3
Read “The Ant and the
Grasshopper” and
answer the five
questions below the
fable. (Handout)
• Fables: teach us lessons about life.
–Traditional vs. Modern fables
• Traditional fables: often use animal
characters to tell a story. It ends with
a moral (clever, memorable
statement of the fable’s message).
• Modern fables: most likely to use
human characters. It has a theme
that readers have to determine on
their own.
Name: ______________________________________________
Block: ____ Ms. Hines
Unit: Myths, Legends, Folktales, Fairy tale, Fable, and Tall Tales
Standards: ELA6R1.i-j (I will find, explore, and compare similarities and differences in mythologies from different cultures ).
“Ant and Grasshopper”
pp. 368-369
Key Traits
Ant: hard -working; responsible;
plans for the future
Grasshopper: lazy; plays too
much; fun-loving; slacker
The Richer, the Poorer”
Dorothy West
pp. 370-374
Words and
(what was said
and done)
Ant: works all Summer and refuses Lottie:
to give food to the Grasshopper
Grasshopper: plays all Summer
and then has to ask the Ant for
(goals or focus)
Ant: save for the winter or hard
Grasshopper: enjoy life and have
fun by playing all day
Moral or Theme Moral is “in good times prepare
(see p. 367)
for when the bad times come”
• Complete Warm Up (handout)
• Mini Lesson: Fairy Tales and Fables
• Read aloud and discuss
–“Ant and Grasshopper” by Aesop on
pp. 368-369
–“The Richer, the Poorer” by
Dorothy West on pp. 370-374
1. Finish your graphic organizer (comparing and
contrasting the two fables)
a. When you finish, place it in the inbox
2. In your notebook, create a new entry
a. Date: 4.20.11
b. Title: Comparing fables (“Ant and Grasshopper”
and “The Richer, the Poorer”)
c. Answer questions #4-6 on p. 375 (Literature
3. Add both fables to your Mythology Unit graphic
a. Hint: the one that we used for the two movies
 Tonight’s Homework (Due: 4.21.11)
 “The Talking Skull”
 Reader’s Journey pp. 238-243
 Complete #4 on p. 243
 On a sheet of paper, you must be
able to write the message that the
author wants you to know and
understand from reading the
 Illustrate the message. (Must be
in color).
“Ant and Grasshopper” (fable)
Moral: In the good times prepare for when the
bad times come.
“The Richer, the Poorer” (fable)
Dorothy West
Theme: Money can’t buy happiness.
“The Talking Skull” (fable)

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