Today we’re going to begin reading The Epic of Gilgamesh.

First, I read a short introduction to the work from the New American Scholar.  We worked on our listening skills and on our note-taking skills by writing down key points as we listened.

Second, I handed out a chart which outlines the traditional steps in the Hero’s Journey as defined by Joseph Campbell.


Third, we discussed basic strategies for annotating a work (QCOP: Questions & Quotes, Connections, Observations, & Predictions).

Fourth, we began reading & annotating The Epic of Gilgamesh.

Gilgamesh Full Text

HW:  You must read & annotate The Prologue & Chapter 1.  These chapters are the first 5 pages of the reading packet.  Your annotations should be substantial and consistent.