with Kim Rodgers
"We're going on a quest!"
We finished the third book in the Gilgamesh trilogy called The Last Quest of Gilgamesh, where Gilgamesh searches for the secret to immortality. He winds up finding out that he will always be seen as immortal, because of the way he lives on in the hearts of the people.
We talked about the elements of a good quest. The students thought a quest should be adventurous, with the characters searching for someone or something, not for the character’s own good -- but for the good of those he/she cares about. The students were invited to create their own quest stories, choosing to work on their own or with others. They could write it, draw it, set a story up with scenery and figurines, or do a skit. Two students decided to write and draw their story, taking turns drawing the characters and adding to the writing. Three others worked together setting up an elaborate storyboard where their story played out. We missed our two absent students!
I had planned some time in the last half hour of class for students to work on ongoing projects, but the students were SO engaged in their stories I didn’t dare pull them away! Next week we will begin class by presenting our stories to each other. For the rest of class we will work on the projects to wrap up our time in Ancient Mesopotamia.
What a great group to work with! They are so creative and engaged. It’s a joy to watch them!