Mapping a fable – Modern version of The Ant and the Grasshopper
Ned works hard in class.
Ollie day dreams all the time.
Ollie questions Ned about working so hard.
Ollie barely makes it through school.
Ollie loses his job and ends up on the street.
Years later, Ned and Ollie meet again. Ned has done well for himself.
There’s a time for work and a time for play: hard work has long term positive outcomes while
day dreaming may be nice in the moment but doesn’t prepare you for the future.
Greek Poetry and Fables 1. Greek poems and stories are the oldest of the Western world. Many people throughout time have used the early Greek literature as a model for their own work. Shakespeare even borrowed and used plots and settings from Greek literature.
2. Earliest Greek stories were called epics. Epics are long poems about heroic deeds.
3. The 1st great epics of Greek literature were written my Homer. Homer wrote the Iliad and the Odyssey. Homer wrote these epics during the 700s B.C. These epic poems were about a war between Greece and the city of Troy.
4. The Iliad: the prince of Troy kidnaps the wife of the Spartan king. Many Greeks are angered with this act. Some of the Greeks got together to fight. The battle of Troy lasts for approximately 10 years. Greeks come up with the idea to build a large, hollow, wooden horse and they place soldiers inside the horse. They place the horse outside the city of Troy. The Trojans perceived this as a gift from the Greeks and they bring the horse inside the city to celebrate. During the night the Greek soldiers get out of the horse and are able to capture the city.
5. The Odyssey: this epic poem describes the adventures of Odysseus back home after the Trojan War. It took Odysseus 10 years to return home from the war because he faced storms, witches and giants on his adventure. Today the odyssey means a long journey with many adventures because of the Greek epic poem the Odyssey.
6. The Greeks looked at these epic poems as more than just stories, but as real history that they could identify with. The stories of Homer gave the Greeks heroes to be like. It taught them courage, honor, to be loyal to friends, and the value of the relationship between husband and wife. The heroes of Homer's epic poems became role models for young Greek boys.
7. Fables: a short tale that teaches a lesson. The writer of many Greek fables was Aesop. Aesop was a Greek slave. He wrote his famous fables around 550 B.C. Most of the fables animals talk and they act like people. The stories can sometimes be funny and they point out human flaws/weaknesses as well as strengths. Each fable would end with a moral message. One popular example of Aesop's fables is "The Tortoise and the Hare". Some common saying we here today that came from Aesop's fables are: "sour grapes,” "a wolf in sheep's clothing,” and “appearances often are deceiving".
8. Aesop's fables were a part of Greece's oral traditions for about 200 years. These stories were passes from person to person by word of mouth long before they were ever written down. Ever since then though, many writers have retold these same stories in many different languages.
Today is Friday, November 15th!
Happy birthday tomorrow to Hunter Thomas!
Get out your fables and be prepared for peer editing.
Fifty years ago today – President Kennedy was assassinated!
Who was a critic of the Sophists?
A Lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however, they fell a-quarrelling among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in a separate corner of the field. Then the Lion attacked them one by one and soon made an end of all four.
What is the moral of this fable?
Who was Plato’s student?
Who was Socrates’ student?
What qualities do you think our President should have?
What example should our President set?
Today is Monday, November 25, 2013!
Why do you think myths are useful to historians?
What is the purpose of an epic poem?
List things that you remember or know about Alexander the Great.
Today is Tuesday, November 26, 2013!
Happy birthday on Saturday to Christian Robinson and Aleigha Hare! Do you think Alexander the Great was a hero or villain? Justify your answer with at least 3 to 4 reasons.
Have a great Thanksgiving Break!
Because the Greeks were polytheistic, their religion was based on mythology. What did they believe the gods/goddesses controlled?
You enjoy several types of entertainment in our world today. Many of these are handed down from ancient times. What still shapes entertainment today?
The Greeks love of _______ led to the study of history, politics, biology, and logic.
For numbers 4-6, read the statement and decide which philosopher said the statement.
All real knowledge is inside each person.
Men and women should have equal education and chance for jobs.
Mixed government is best.
Today is Monday, December 2, 2013!
23 days till Christmas!!!!
How might Alexander the Great have described his approach to unifying his empire?
Alexander the Great built cities with these features: an agora, a temple, a theatre, and a university. Why did he design cities this way?
What did Alexander the Great spread throughout Southwest Asia?
What are the names of Greek columns in architecture?
You will need a blank sheet of paper along with your notes and vocabulary activity for today. Go ahead and have those out after you complete the Do Now.
Today is Tuesday, December 3, 2013!
22 days till Christmas!!!!
What are the three major Greek contributions to Western Civilizations?
What Greek cities became centers of learning and culture?
Philip II wanted to unite Greek city-states with his own kingdom. Who tried to warn the Athenians that Philip was a threat to Greek freedom?
The Greeks used myths to teach a lesson or explain scientific happenings. What lesson does the myth, Icarus and Daedalus teach?
Turn in Do Nows and Vocabulary Activity handout on cart. Get out your paper from yesterday to prepare for quiz. Then we will review for test which is tomorrow.