Folk Literature Unit Outline
· Understand folk literature and “The Hero’s Journey”
· Understand and be able to use the Social Class Lens to analyze a text
· Be able to connect how Greek culture has influenced folk literature
· Participate in class discussions
(In Class Discussions and end of unit project)
RL2 CCR: Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
RL2: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
· Analyze ideas, literary techniques, and specific details in a text that develop a theme or central idea.
· Objectively summarize a text by including the appropriate details.
· Participate actively and appropriately in discussions about literature.
(In Class Discussions)
RL3 CCR: Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
RL3: Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
· Analyze and explain how complex characters develop, interact, and change over
the course of a text.
· Analyze, explain, and evaluate the impact of complex characters on advancing the
plot and developing the theme in a text.
(In Class Discussions)
RL6 CCR: Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
RL6: Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
· Understand, appreciate, and make connections with different cultures and points of view.
· Identify, analyze and explain the influence, effect, or impact of historical and/or cultural experience on narrative text.
Texts & Materials
· The Odyssey (text)
· Gilgamesh (short story)
· The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell (documentary)
· Critical Encounters in High School English by Deborah Appleman: Chapter 4’s Social Class Lens/ pass out a summative worksheet
· Unit Project prompt & rubric
· Monty Python and the Holy Grail (movie)
Weekly Lesson Plans/Assignments
· Watch: The Power of Myth documentary by Joseph Campbell to define the theory of myth
· Introduce: The Social Class Lens: What, how & Why worksheet
· Introduce: Folk Literature & “The Hero’s Journey”
· Assigned Reading: Gilgamesh by next class
· In Class Discussion: Summary of Gilgamesh & analyze how characters develop throughout the text
· Assigned Reading: The Odyssey (first half)
· Research: Greek (culture) folk literature for in-class discussion
· In Class Discussions: Greek culture and folk literature connection to Gilgamesh & The Odyssey
· Assigned Reading: The Odyssey (second half)
· In Class Discussions: Use the Social Class lens to relate to one of the characters
· In Class Discussions: Summation of first half of The Odyssey and “The Hero’s Journey”
· In Class Discussions: Summation of the second half of The Odyssey and its themes
· Project: Create a pamphlet discussion what we learned in the unit as well as a summary of either Gilgamesh or The Odyssey (Due at the end of the week)
· Watch: Monty Python and the Holy Grail