Reflection: Student Communication Gilgamesh the King: Focus on Comprehension - Section 1: Activator


Each school year, students have a week of vacation in December, February, and April. During these breaks from school I have one request for students: READ! However, to make it enjoyable and to avoid making reading a chore, the assignment is optional and includes an incentive. Anyone that completes the assignment gets to take part in a fun activity chosen by the class. Another reason I like this assignment is that parents get involved too. The students leave with a hard copy of the instructions and I send a message to parents by e-mail. In the past, I have been lucky to get 50% participation, but this past December more than 90% of the students completed the reading challenge!

  Student Communication: Vacation Reading
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Gilgamesh the King: Focus on Comprehension

Unit 7: The ELA and Social Studies Connection: Content-Area Literacy
Lesson 4 of 8

Objective: Demonstrate understanding of the myth, "Gilgamesh the King" by describing how the plot unfolds.

Big Idea: Journey back in time to discover how a mythical king learns what it means to be human.

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