This is a short lesson plan for ninth grade students. It aims to help students understand heroes in general and Perseus specifically. It also is designed to help students learn discussion techniques and procedures. It contains methods and procedures to differentiate between regular education and Pre-AP English.
The Common Core Standards that are touched on with this two-day lesson are as follows:
RL.9.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how languages evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
RL.9.10 By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
SL.9.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate
L.9.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Ideally this lesson would be done prior to a unit on the Odyssey or Oedipus.