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ELA 2012 G6:M1:U2

Elements and Theme of Mythology in The Lightning Thief

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Lesson 1Reading Closely to Build Background Knowledge: “Myths and Legends”

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  The Lightning Thief: Making Inferences in Chapter 9 (10 minutes)

B.  Unpacking the Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Read-Aloud: “Myths and Legends” (8 minutes)

B.  Clarifying Vocabulary, Rereading, and Annotating the Text (10 minutes)

C.  Triad Discussion: Synthesizing Details to Infer the Main Idea of “In Olden Times” (10 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Exit Ticket: How Are Gods Like Humans? How Are They Different From Humans? (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Read Chapter 10 of The Lightning Thief. Mark references to Cronus in the chapter.

  • Using Text Details to Determine the Main Idea recording form
  • Exit Ticket
  • Admit and Exit Tickets

Lesson 2Building Background Knowledge: The Myth of Cronus

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  The Lightning Thief: Routine: Sharing Evidence Flags (8 minutes)
Unpacking the Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Image Analysis: Making Predictions (10 minutes)

B.  An Introduction to the Odell Education Resource “Reading Closely: Guiding Questions” handout (10 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Reading for Gist and Selected-Response Questions: The Myth of Cronus (15 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Read Chapter 11. Use your evidence flags to mark any allusions to classic myths.

B.  Complete the homework assignment: The Lightning Thief: Understanding the Allusion to Cronus in Chapter 10.

  • Predictions
  • Selected-response
  • Understanding a Key Allusion to Cronus in Chapter 10 of The Lightning Thief
  • Admit and Exit Tickets

Lesson 3Using Details to Determine Theme: The Myth of Cronus

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  The Lightning Thief: Routine  (7 minutes)

B.  Unpacking the Learning Targets   (3 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Engaging the Reader: Text-Dependent Questions    (5 minutes)

B.  Mini-Lesson: What Is a Theme?   (15 minutes)

C.  Chalk Talk: A Theme in the Cronus Myth Related to Parent-Child Relationships (10 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Exit Ticket: Connecting Themes in the Myth of Cronus to The Lightning Thief, Chapter 12 (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Read Chapter 12 of The Lightning Thief: What do you think are the three most important moments in the chapter? Why?

  • Understanding the Allusion in Chapter 10 (from homework)
  • Chalk Talk charts
  • Admit and Exit Tickets
  • Chalk Talk

Lesson 4What Makes a Myth a Myth? Comparing “Cronus” and “Shrouded in Myth”

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  The Lightning Thief: Routine  (10 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Comparing “Cronus” and “Shrouded in Myth”: A Carousel of Quotes and Venn Diagram (15 minutes)

B.  Close Reading, Part 1: Getting  the Gist of “The Key Elements  of Mythology”  (15 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Exit Ticket: The Most  Important Thing (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Read Chapter 13 of The Lightning Thief. While reading, record at least five questions that you have about the chapter.

  • Chalk Talk charts
  • Exit Ticket: The Most Important Thing

Lesson 5Building Vocabulary: Working with Words about the Key Elements of Mythology

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1. Opening

A.  The Lightning Thief: Routine  (8 minutes)

B.  Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Close Reading, Part 2: Vocabulary: Making Word Models of Key Terms of Mythology (20 minutes)

B.  Gallery Walk of Word Models  (10 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Debrief: How Vocabulary Helps Us Understand Key Elements of Mythology (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Read Chapter 14 of The Lightning Thief. Purpose: What is the role of the supernatural in Chapter 14?

  • Word models
  • Observations of student thinking about vocabulary

Lesson 6Connecting Literary and Informational Texts: Cronus and “The Key Elements of Mythology”

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1. Opening

A.  Unpacking Learning Targets and Triad Discussions (10 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Making Connections between Informational and Literary Texts: A Carousel of Quotes (15 minutes)

B.  Thinking and Taking Notes about Theme: How Do the Elements of Mythology Help Us Understand Theme? (15 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Reflecting on Learning Targets (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Read Chapter 15 of The Lightning Thief. Use evidence flags to mark any allusions to Greek myths you find.

  • Carousel of Quotes charts
  • Notes: Connecting Elements of Mythology and Theme graphic organizer
  • Back-to-back and Face-to-Face
  • Carousel Brainstorm

Lesson 7Analyzing the Model Analytical Mini-Essay: “Elements of Mythology and Theme of Cronus”

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Engaging the Reader: Text-Dependent Vocabulary Questions from Chapter 15 of The Lightning Thief (5 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Analyzing a Model Mini-Essay (15 minutes)

B.  Partner Work: How This Author Might Have Planned the Analytical Mini-Essay (20 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Feedback: Comparing Our Graphic Organizers to the Author’s (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Read Chapter 16 of The Lightning Thief. With your evidence flags, mark three allusions (references) to myths, stories, or characters you find. Also record any new or challenging vocabulary for a discussion at the beginning of the next lesson.

  • Elements of Myth graphic organizer (for the model mini-essay)
  • Theme graphic organizer (for the model mini-essay)

Lesson 8Exploring Allusions to Myths in The Lightning Thief: Close Reading Part 1 of “Prometheus”

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1. Opening

A.  Engaging the Reader: Sharing Unfamiliar Vocabulary from Chapter 16 of The Lightning Thief (10 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Engaging the Reader: Pages 155–156 of The Lightning Thief (5 minutes)

B.  Looking Closely at Vocabulary in the Prometheus Allusion in The Lightning Thief (10 minutes)

C.  Close Read, Part 1 of the Myth of Prometheus: Getting the Gist (15 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Self Assessing Achievement of Learning Targets   (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Read Chapter 17: How does Percy show he is a hero in this chapter?

  • Myth of Prometheus annotated for the gist

Lesson 9Analyzing Details in the Myth of Prometheus for Elements of Mythology and Theme

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  The Lightning Thief Routine: Purpose for Reading Chapter 17 (5 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Close Reading, Part 2: Identifying Details of Elements of Myth and Theme in Prometheus (15 minutes)

B.  Partner Writing: Planning Mini-Essays Using Graphic Organizers (20 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Debrief: How Did the Graphic Organizers Help You Understand the Elements of Mythology and Theme of Prometheus? (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Complete graphic organizers. Read Chapter 18 of The Lightning Thief. Use evidence flags to mark key elements of mythology you notice.

  • Elements of Myth graphic organizer
  • Theme graphic organizer

Lesson 10Drafting an Analytical Mini-Essay: Using Partner Talk and Graphic Organizers to Guide Thinking

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.   Opening

A.  Unpacking Learning Targets (3 minutes)

2.   Work Time

A.  Studying the Model: How Did the Writer Move from the Graphic Organizer to the Analytical Mini-Essay about the Myth of Cronus? (5 minutes)

B.  Guided Writing: Using the Elements of Mythology Graphic Organizer to Draft a First Body Paragraph (15 minutes)

C.  Writing: Using the Theme Graphic Organizer to Draft a Second Paragraph (20 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Reflecting on the Learning Targets (2 minutes)

4.   Homework

A.  Catch up on your reading from The Lightning Thief, or re-read your favorite excerpts.

  • Partner Writing: Analytical Mini-Essay recording form (two body paragraphs)

Lesson 11Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Writing an Analytical Mini-Essay about Mythological Elements and Theme

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Partner Writing: Crafting an Introduction and Conclusion               (10 minutes)

B.  Peer Critique of Analytical Mini-Essays (10 minutes)

C.  Mid-Unit Assessment: Using Feedback to Revise and Write a Polished Version of an Analytical Mini-Essay  (20 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Stars and Steps (3 minutes)

4.   Homework

A.  Catch up on reading in The Lightning Thief, or reread favorite sections. Come ready to share a key element of mythology or theme that you noticed.

  • Partner Writing: Analytical mini-essay recording form (introduction and conclusion)
  • Final draft of the analytical mini-essay

Lesson 12Determining Theme: Reading Myths in “Expert Groups”

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1. Opening

A.  Connecting Themes in Myths and The Lightning Thief: Introducing End of Unit Assessment Prompt (5 minutes)

B.  Unpacking Learning Targets (3 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Initial Read: Expert Group Myths, Getting the Gist, and Determining Key Vocabulary (15 minutes)

B.  Carousel: What Are the Themes of the Expert Group Myths? (10 minutes)

3. Closing and Assessment

A.  Introducing the NYS Writing Rubric and Focusing on Row 1 (12 minutes)

4. Homework

A.  Read Chapter 19 of The Lightning Thief and consider this question: “What does the scene in the throne room tell you about each of the three friends: Annabeth, Grover, and Percy?” Record your answer on the Homework: Purpose for Reading sheet and support your answer with evidence from the text.

  • Expert group myth annotated for gist
  • Carousel Brainstorm
  • Mix and Mingle

Lesson 13Connecting the Theme of the Expert Group Myth to a Theme in The Lightning Thief and to Life Lessons

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1. Opening

A.  The Lightning Thief Routine: Purpose for Reading—Chapter 19 (8 minutes)

B.  Introduce the Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Reading Row 2 of the NYS Writing Rubric and Applying to the Model Essay (12 minutes)

B.  Chalk Talk: How Does the Theme of Your Expert Group Myth Connect to The Lightning Thief? (15 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Expert Group Discussion: What Life Lessons Can You Learn from the Theme of Your Expert Group Myth? (8 minutes)

4.  Homework

A. Read Chapter 20 of The Lightning Thief and Answer the Text-Dependent Questions

  • Exit ticket: How Is Mythology Important Today?
  • Admit and Exit Tickets
  • Chalk Talk

Lesson 14Building Writing Skills: Receiving Feedback and Varying Sentence Structures

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Engaging the Reader: The Lightning Thief—Discussing Homework Questions from Chapter 20 (8 minutes)

B.  Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Processing Feedback from Mid-Unit 2 Assessment (10 minutes)

B.  Writing Mini Lesson: Sentence Variety (15 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Applying Writing Skill: Revising One Paragraph of Mid-Unit 2 Assessment Mini-Essay for Sentence Variety (5 minutes)

B.  Sharing: How Did Adding Sentence Variety Improve Your Writing? (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Make a prediction about Zeus and Percy’s interaction when Percy returns the lightning bolt.

B.  Read Chapter 21. Check whether your prediction was right.

  • Mid-unit assessment
  • Strengths and Goals index card
  • Sentence Variety: Keeping Readers Engaged recording form

Lesson 15Planning for Writing: Revisiting “Key Elements of Mythology” and Determining a Theme in the Myth of Cronus

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Engaging the Reader: The Lightning Thief—Chapter 21 Prediction (10 minutes)

B.  Unpacking Learning Targets (5 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Reread Cronus (5 minutes)

B.  Carousel: Key Elements of Myth in Cronus (10 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Determining a Theme of the Myth of Cronus: Beginning the Theme Graphic Organizer (15 minutes)

4.   Homework

A.  Read Chapter 22 of The Lightning Thief: Why does Percy have such trouble making a decision about his future?

B.  Complete the Determining Theme graphic organizer for the Cronus myth if you did not do so in class.

  • Theme graphic organizer: The Myth of Cronus
  • Carousel Brainstorm
  • Inner Circle/Outer Circle (Concentric Circles)

Lesson 16Planning for Writing: Studying Model Writing and Determining a Theme in The Lightning Thief

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1. Opening

A.  Engaging the Reader: The Lightning Thief – Chapter 22 (5 minutes)

B.  Unpacking Learning Target (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Studying a Model Essay: “Connecting Theme in Prometheus and The Lightning Thief “and Creating Structure of a Literary Analysis Anchor Chart (18 minutes)

B.  Determining a Theme in The Lightning Thief (15 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Inner Circle / Outer Circle: Sharing Themes in The Lightning Thief (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Complete Theme graphic organizer for a theme in The Lightning Thief.

  • Theme graphic organizer: The Lightning Thief
  • Inner Circle/Outer Circle (Concentric Circles)

Lesson 17Planning for Writing: Introduction and Conclusion of a Literary Analysis

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Sharing Theme Graphic Organizers: The Lightning Thief (5 minutes)

B.  Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Planning an Introduction Paragraph (12 minutes)

B.  Planning a Concluding Paragraph (12 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Reading NYS Writing Rubric—Row 3 (14 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Interpreting the meaning of the Percy’s prophecy: Text-Dependent Questions

B.  Complete planning for introduction and conclusion paragraphs

  • Introduction Paragraph graphic organizer
  • Conclusion Paragraph graphic organizer

Lesson 18Launching the End of Unit Assessment: Drafting Literary Analysis

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Engaging the Reader: The Lightning Thief—Interpreting Percy’s Prophecy (5 minutes)

B.  Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.   Preparing to Draft: Review End of Unit Assessment Prompt, Model Essay, and Structure of a Literary Analysis Anchor Chart (10 minutes)

B.   Drafting Literary Analysis (25 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.   Debrief: How Did You Use Your “Stars and Steps” to Improve Your Writing? (3 minutes)

4.    Homework

A.  Reread the model essay and the NYS Writing Rubric. Think about how to improve your own draft essay.

  • Draft Literary Analysis

Lesson 19Peer Critique and Pronoun Mini-Lesson: Revising Draft Literary Analysis

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Continue Drafting Literary Analysis (8 minutes)

B.  Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Peer Critique: Draft Literary Analysis (15 minutes)

B.  Language Mini-Lesson: Pronouns (15 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Begin Revising Draft Literary Analysis Based on Stars and Steps (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Based on your “stars” and “steps,” continue revising your literary analysis.

  • Pronoun Sentences
  • Draft Literary Analysis (from Lesson 18)

Lesson 20End of Unit Assessment, Part 2: Final Draft of Literary Analysis

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Reading NYS Writing Rubric—Row 4 (10 minutes)

B.  Writing a Final Draft of a Literary Analysis (25 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Self-Assessing against the NYS Writing Rubric (8 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  The Lightning Thief: How is Percy a Hero? Answer the question using evidence from the novel to support your ideas.

  • Final literary analysis

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