Today we are moving on to our second set in the competition to determine the most powerful among a group of gods looking for supremacy on Mt. Olympus. Before reviewing the students’ research on Ares and Aphrodite, I let them know we have some additional work to do on the paragraphs on Hephaestus vs Apollo. Creating formal citations for a Works Cited page for our sources is one thing, but in-text citations offer an entirely different challenge. I noticed that many students are struggling with this task, so we open the Sources for Myth Madness document and document and add a line for each entry that shows what the reference should look like in the text. The revised document appears here. Then students revise their writing based on this new information. This new skill is to be applied in all the writing that follows. Some additional thoughts on citations are detailed here:
Students take out their research notes and we create two charts. One identifies the strengths and weaknesses of Aphrodite and the other focuses on Ares. During these discussions students get to ask and answer questions about each god and clarify their thinking. Now we are ready to sit quietly as each person evaluates the facts and decides which one is more powerful. Each student defends his or her choice in a persuasive paragraph. Of course, everyone wants to know who the overall class winner is so they each place a checkmark on the chart revealing that Aphrodite has the most votes.
The students follow the process for writing a rough draft for a paragraph on Ares or Aphrodite as they did for Apollo or Hephaestus. They fill in each section of the Argument Map making sure to include an introduction and conclusion as well as three distinct reasons that are backed up with detailed explanations. One example for Aphrodite appears here and one for Ares appears here. Students complete these paragraphs for homework.