Week 04: Egyptian Lit and Judaeo-Christian Myth

Monday/Tuesday: Egyptian Literature Reading Review

Today the table groups discussed the three selections of Egyptian literature and focused on how the Egyptian view of death was different than the Sumerian view of death.  We also had a short discussion about the HUMAN CONDITION and the role that HOPE plays in this.  We also briefly discussed the idea of SELF-DETERMINATION and how this concept may influence the HUMAN CONDITION.

You then had 30 minutes to start on the reading HW for Wednesday.

HW:  Read pages 22-25 and annotate the background information.

HW: Read pages 63-69, annotate the story, and consider how the Judaeo-Christian myth is similar to or different from the previous creation myths we have examined. 

HW: Get your 9 reading journals done! 

Wednesday/Thursday: Judaeo-Christian Myth

Hello there people.

Today we discussed the Judaeo-Christian creation myth in class, got back the Gilgamesh quizzes from last week, and then started on the next assignment.

HW: Focusing on comparing/contrasting the Judaeo-Christian flood myth with the flood myth in Gilgamesh, read pages 70-73 and create a T-Chart with your ideas and observations. 

HW: Finish your first 9 reading journals to turn in FRIDAY!!!

Friday/Monday: Writing a Solid Paragraph

We started with a discussion of the T-Chart you created for the two myths.

Then we looked at how to structure a solid paragraph for this class.  We discussed the parts of a good paragraph (topic idea, supporting sentences, evidence, and a concluding idea).  Then, we wrote a sample paragraph on the board.

Block B– From the board

The two flood myths, one from “Gilgamesh” and one from the Judaeo-christian tradition, have many common elements in how the story is told. Both stories start off with the gods/God wanting to punish humanity, (but for different reasons). * Which is followed in both myth by the selection of a “good man” who is saved from the flood due to his goodness. * In both myths, the God/gods gives the chosen man a way to save himself, his family, and the blameless/innocent animals of the world. * Although the building of the boat and the length of the storms may have some differences, ultimately both stories end with the gods/God blessing the chosen man for his reverence to the gods/God. *

Where the RED STARS are, is where we discussed the possibility of adding in textual evidence/quotations from the stories to make the argument stronger.

HW: Finish your paragraphs and bring them to the next class. 

Block E- From the board

Although there are some differences in the details, the two stories are mostly the same.  In both stories a god/God punishes humanity for a “sin” by sending a flood. * Before the onset of the flood, a chosen man is given a warning and has a chance to build a boat to save his family and the animals of the world. * After the flood, humanity is able to continue due to the actions of the chosen man. * In the end, both stories show how humans and gods/God interact.

The BLUE stars and words are areas that can use more details.  Where the stars are, you should be giving specific examples (quotations) from the two texts to support your ideas. 

HW: Finish your paragraph and have it ready to turn in next class.