Friday, December 8, 2017


Now that we have completed THE ILIAD, you should have a greater under standing of the epic's structure and the literary elements, such as IRONY which add meaning to the text. Explain the IRONY within ONE of the included events depicted below. Please offer an explanation as to why IRONY is such an effective literary tool, and what it does to you as the reader in relationship to the chosen image.  You will need to offer some schema for the image that you select. NOTE: Some of the images act as the catalyst for the irony that eventually takes place. 





 Creative Project Questions (answered in class on Tuesday)

1. Why did you select the particular mythological topic as your project's focus?
2. What connection(s) have you made to yourself?
3. What understanding of course content is represented in the project?
4. Comment on your process....Were you actively engaged/involved in creating the project since it was given to you 8 weeks ago? Tell me about your creation and your implementation process.
5. Is the final product your BEST work? Thoroughly explain. What have you done well?
6. Where do you think improvement could have been made?  

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Dear Mythology Kids,

YOU HAVE EXACTLY TWO WEEKS REMAINING IN THE SEMESTER. Hang in there, cute kids. I am here to assist you in any way that you might need; please ask. 

Homework for Friday, December 8th and December 12th, and December 20th:
1. YOUR PROJECT IS DUE ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12th. Please let me know how I can help you.
2. Complete PC #10 (below), but in order to do so you will need to read the remaining section of The Iliad found on pages. 272-276.
3. Anticipate a quiz on Friday in association with IRONY found within The Iliad.
4. Vocabulary Test on Wednesday, December 20th. I will help you, but you need to start prepping now!!

PC #10 I suggest using a piece of paper for this PC, as you'll need more room than a few 3x5 cards can offer you.

Consider the ILIAD'S structure. The war lasts 10 years, but the actually epic begins with the 10th year of the war.
1. WHY do you suppose Homer would begin the epic tale here? Why not start with the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, moving on to the apple, and then to Aphrodiate as "The Fairest?"  Why allude to the past, rather than starting with it?
 The action starts with the argument between Agamemnon and Achilles, then progresses to the battle between Ajax G. and Hector, which ultimately develops into strong veneration between both men. The epic then moves on to Paris and Menelaus's one on one battle, which Aphrodite intervenes in order to save Paris. Achilles continues to mope in his tent over the loss of Briseis, and Patroclus decides he can't stand the monotony of playing backgammon over fighting for the Greeks. Patroclus dons Achilles's armor and returns to the battlefield where he faces Hector, who ultimately kills him. Achilles rages at the news that his best friend/lover is now dead. To relieve his grief which has now turned to vehement outrage, he battles against Hector. Both men are equally matched, but Hector has chosen to wear the armor of Achilles that he confiscated upon Patroclus's death, which has a weakness located at the area of the heart. They fight. Achilles wins, as he knows of the weakness (that's irony for you). Destruction of Hector's body follows. Priam returns to retrieve his son's remains, and then THE ILIAD ends with Hector's funeral. The epic ends with a feeling of retribution and respect. Can retribution and respect  exist in war? 
I have just summarized the epic for you.  
2.What do you notice about each of the primary events outlined for you above? A common motif exists. THINK! What is it? Why would HOMER do this? It is not by chance. 

3.You have "met" the majority of the ILIAD'S characters. Consider the following adage in association with the ones we have discussed in class... "All's Fair in Love and War." you agree/disagree with this statement? How would each of the following characters, Helen, Paris, Aphrodite, Menelaus, Agamemnon, Hector, Achilles, Ajax G., Patroclus, and Priam respond to this statement "All's Fair in Love and War? "  WHY? Justify your response.

We finished with the epic today in class. We have two characters left to discuss, and they play important roles within THE ODYSSEY. Please visit with someone that was present in class, in order to obtain the information that you missed.

I look forward to seeing you on Friday! 


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Take Home Quiz for The Iliad

Take-home Quiz/The Iliad 
Without any type of assistance (no notes, no internet, no conferencing, etc.), thoroughly respond to each image in association with the corresponding questions. The questions are located below ALL of the images.  You are welcome to HAND-WRITE your responses. I TRUST YOU! I know that I am giving you a great deal of  "power" in relationship to assigning this as a "take-home" assessment; therefore, I expect you to venerate yourselves and me by being honest!

I have included a "Name Bank" to assist you with the questions. Some characters you are welcome to refer to in general terms.  Paris, Agamemnon, Menelaus, Helen, Odysseus, Iphigenia, Breseis


Each question correlates to the above images. Please focus on specifics, including names, in your responses. REMEMBER THAT YOUR AUDIENCE HAS NO UNDERSTANDING of THE ILIAD'S PLOT LINE......GO DEEP!

1. Explain the significance of this event.How is it even relevant to The Iliad? Please be aware of the bird carved within the marble.

2. Focus on #2 and #3 for this question: Both events depicted are vitally important regarding schema for the epic poem. Explain why an audience needs to grasp both indicated events. Notice a female character in the top left hand corner of the painting; she has just released an object from her hand.

4. Respond to the following text in relationship to the image, and events associated with The Iliad.
"The oracle warned King Priam and his queen that Alexander would cause great and utter destruction. 

5. I'm confused! Explain this image and then justify WHY it is important for a reader to understand?

 6.. Why is this event important to the epic’s plot line?Focus on characterization within your response.  

7.  This image offers insight into characterization. Explain this image. What do you learn from this part of the story? 

8. This is not Paris taking Helen from Sparta! This event acts a the catalyst for Achilles's behavior throughout most of The Iliad.  Explain why this event is important, and why it occurs in the first place.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Dear Mythology Kids,
If you missed class, we completed the following:
1. PC #8

Welcome back! I hope you had an incredible holiday. Please record your homework, and then PULL OUT your graphic organizer for The ILIAD; it’s orange. Use the highlighter on your desk, or one of your markers, preferably red, and ANNOTATE all the events that occur before the epic actually begins. Now return to this PC (#8) The following two images are important to THE ILIAD. One occurs before the actual epic begins, and the other is an important moment within the poem. Identify which event occurs where, offer a “lay” person some schema regarding each piece of art, and then explain why an audience needs to have information about both events.