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As a before reading strategy, class members select a tale from mythology, examine several picture book versions of the myth, and fill out part of a Venn diagram with observations about the hero in particular and the myth in general.They then read Hamilton's more complex version and complete the other half of their diagram. A list of picture books and a template for the Venn diagram are included.
Learners examine stories from different cultures and investigate common themes that arise in all creation stories. Expanding upon this lesson, students begin a portfolio on myths that they will add to throughout this unit. Greek and Roman mythology, as well as Native American stories, are studied.
Review myths and the characters therein, connecting them to vocabulary words in the English language today. Begin by searching online for myths and character names. With at least ten names that are familiar English words, students use the dictionary to explain how the definition relates to the person's characteristics. After writing a short history of Norse, Greek, and Roman mythology, learners each act out a character he or she researched. Some links may not lead to accurate resources.
Students examine literary arts. In this Greek mythology lessons, students read Greek myths and select characters from the myths to study. Students create watercolor illustrations of the characters, write short stories about the characters, and then compare and contrast archetypes.
No wonder the ship was called the Titanic. An investigation of Norse, Roman, and Greek Mythology provides insight into mythological characters and corresponding words in the English language. A close look at roots, prefixes, and suffixes also provides scaffolding for the study of word origins and meanings. Culminating skits bring these mythic gods and their characteristics to life.