Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Major Greek Gods and Goddesses - Part 2

IWBAT list and describe characteristics of the major Greek gods and goddesses.

Can you identify the different Olympians?
Check your answers here.

0. Warm-up! Practice KIPP college chant!

1. Homework Check (10 minutes)Poetry Analysis: "Bird of Dreams"

Bird of Dreams 

At night in dream I travel from my bed.
On wing of light I soar across vast skies
Where colors swirl and dance, and mingle and soar,
To far beyond the veil, where Phoenix flies.

The Phoenix is a wondrous bird of dreams.
Each five hundred years she builds a nest,
Piling feathers, branches, twigs, and leaves—
Now will she lay her eggs and sit to rest?

But no! The Phoenix strikes a blazing spark
10 And sets her cozy nesting place afire!
11 She dives in flight into the dancing flames!
12 Why does she go into the flaming pyre?

13 There is no need to weep, for all is well.
14 For her the pyre’s fiery heat and flame
15 Burn away the years. She is reborn!
16 Her radiant, shining youth she doth reclaim.

17 The pyre burns down to ash, and all is still.
18 And from the ashen pile, her eyes alight,
19 The Phoenix rises up into the sky,
20 Renewed, with feathers luminous and bright!

21 And so this night, perchance my dreams will go
22 With wondrous Phoenix rising in the sky,
23 To soar among the planets and the stars,
24 Deep in the night to fly and fly and fly!

2. Read The Lightning Thief (25 minutes):

3. (10 minutes): complete two lessons, due on April 29th and May 1st

4. The Major Greek Gods & Goddesses:

5. Research Characteristics of Major Gods: Use Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide (pages 64-83) to finish researching the major Greek gods and goddesses and record your learning in this graphic organizer

6. Further Research: If you finish research using The Ultimate Guide, add more facts to your graphic organizer using the following resources:

Homework: Poetry Analysis: "The Grumble Family"


There's a family nobody likes to meet;
They live, it is said, on Complaining Street
 In the city of Never-Are-Satisfied, 
The River of Discontent beside.

They growl at that and they growl at this;
Whatever comes, there is something amiss;
And whether their station be high or humble,
They all are known by the name of Grumble.

The weather is always too hot or cold;
Summer and winter alike they scold. 
Nothing goes right with the folks you meet
Down on that gloomy Complaining Street.

They growl at the rain and they growl at the sun;
In fact, their growling is never done. 
And if everything pleased them, there isn’t a doubt 
They'd growl that they'd nothing to grumble about!

But the queerest thing is that not one of the same
Can be brought to acknowledge his family name;
For never a Grumbler will own that he 
Is connected with it at all, you see.

The worst thing is that if anyone stays 
Among them too long, he will learn their ways;
And before he dreams of the terrible jumble
He's adopted into the family of Grumble.

And so it were wisest to keep our feet 
From wandering into Complaining Street; 
And never to growl, whatever we do, 
Lest we be mistaken for Grumblers, too.

Let us learn to walk with a smile and song, 
No matter if things do sometimes go wrong; 
And then, be our station high or humble, 
We’ll never belong to the family of Grumble!

by L.M. Montgomery

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