Target Structures: Participles & Relative Pronouns
Phase: Describing Setting in the Present
Writing Focus: Lists of simple sentences to describe places in general terms (What is seen? heard? felt?)
Picture Talk with a collection of random indoor and outdoor places to visit (use descriptive words).
One Word Image to create a setting, not a character.
One Word Image to create a character in the setting.
Picture Walk with a large work of art representing the Trojan War (instead of looking at the work of art in whole, we’ll begin with pull-outs).
Exit Slip: Which pull-out is your choice place to be? Why?
Phase: Describing Our Preferences in the Present
Writing Focus: Strings of simple sentences with transitions: also, but, however (Do you prefer/like/hate it? Why?)
Survey with students; rank four images from most to least wanting to visit (with teacher-guided ranking with statements about preferences and follow-up with student interviews about their ranking).
Mysterious Person/Place Game with descriptions of pull-outs from Trojan War artwork (with descriptions based on the preferences of a random student from exit slip).
Summarize the One Word Image (setting), then change or add at least three features of the setting to suit your preferences for the “perfect” setting (follow-up with student interviews about their edits).
Phase: Describing Characters’ Internal and External Characteristics in the Present
Writing Focus: strings of sentences with connectors within the sentences: and, but, or, neither (What do you/they do? have? want? need?)
Categorize epithets by positive/negative and by internal/external characteristics.
Choose and describe epithets for the One Word Image (character).
Students bring portraits/photos/selfies of themselves to display.
Chose an epithet / Create your own epithet (internal/external) with 2 Truths and a Lie.
Illustrate a person “real or imagined” representative of epithets.
Picture Talk student illustrations with descriptions of internal/external characteristics.
Phase: Describing People’s Internal and External Characteristics in the Present and Past
Writing Focus: Strings of sentences in the present and past with connectors: and, but, or, neither; Pairs of sentences to compare and contrast the present and past using time markers: now/in the past, today, long ago (Where did you prefer to go when you were young? now? Why would you visit ____ when you were young? now?)
Survey with students; rank four images from best to worst places for a youngster/teenager (with teacher-guided ranking with statements about preferences and follow-up with student interviews about their ranking).
Students bring portraits/photos/selfies of themselves as babies to display.
Chose an epithet / Create your own epithet (internal/external) with a focus on past tense.
Picture Bingo and L1 Retell with three photos and epithets.
Introduce characters from the Iliad and describe them using the past tense.
Play “Where’s Waldo” to place the characters in the specific pull-outs from the artwork.
DAYS THIRTEEN – FIFTEEN
Describe setting, preferences, internal and external characteristics of Achilles throughout the story, from birth to death with a focus on the Iliad. Sparingly, consider the preferences and characteristics of some minor characters: Thetis, Odysseus, Iphigenia, Hector, Priam