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Bridging the Gap Between English 9 & English 10
Instructions: ● Working with your MiniRaft, think about the traditional heroes from English 9 (Gilgamesh, Odysseus, Beowulf, Oedipus, Sir Gawain, Romeo & Julietignore Penelope and Grendel momentarily, since they have more in common with English 10 heroes than anything, since they were reimagined by John Gardner and Margaret Atwood within the last 50 years). Using the topics on the left of the chart (and the questions that accompany them), consider the English 9 heroes and what, for example, their “element” is, how they find themselves “out of their element,” how they “grow up,” and so on. Look for common experiences, themes, ideas in your attempt to define the “typical English 9 hero.” ● Next, think about the fiction and nonfiction books you read this summer. Do what you did with the English 9 heroes and synthesize (connect) your individual readings into a definition of the “typical English 10 hero.” ● Finally, cowrite a “thesis” that states succinctly what your raft believes to be the most significant difference between English 9 and English 10 heroesand why it’s significant.
Typical English 9 Hero There are heroes who are “in their element”... ● What is this this special relationship the heroes have with their environment? ● How does it affect their ideas and direct their actions? ● How does this relationship act as the “calling” for these people? To what?
Typical English 10 Hero (based on summer reading)
...who find themselves “out of their element”... ● How does the relationship with their environment become strange, foreign, otherworldly, intimidating, dangerous? ● What positive or negative effects does this have?
...and grow up... ● How do the heroes “grow up,” come of age, mature? ● What is necessary in order to do so?
...and discover how to survive... ● What do the heroes survive? ● How do they survive?
...with nourishment and restoration... ● How is “malnourishment” (or lack, emptiness, void) nourished? ● Why is their “malnourishment”? ● How is it nourished?
...so that they can become leaders... ● What kinds of leaders are there? ● Who leads whom? ● How do they lead?
...and develop their own worldview. ● What is the vision of the world in these books?