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Gilgamesh can be a hard sell. Luckily for most teachers, it's the first piece in the textbook, so the honeymoon period usually makes it easy enough for teachers to "get through." We should always be looking to improve our units, especially the early ones, to maximize teacher effect instead of just getting through those tough ancient texts. Here is an 8-page packet of questions, activities, and an essay prompt to enhance your Gilgamesh unit:
Pre-reading activity: requisite archetype knowledge + Sumerian god chart (quick research activity)
During the Prentice Hall Gilgamesh excerpts: great close-reading questions and numerous intertextual questions that put students in position to read and think critically.
Post-reading or End-of-unit Essay: a compare and contrast analysis essay, which hits on evidence-based Common Core standards and prompts students to both recall what they've read and conduct a close reading of a cold text.