Clash of the Titans Lesson Plans

The new movie "The Clash of the Titans" is a great way to learn about film making and Greek Mythology.

By Kristen Kindoll

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Clash of the Titans lesson plans

It is not an exaggeration to say that the gods on Mount Olympus have toyed with mere mortals frequently. Epic stories have been written about the exploits and whims of the Immortals. The updated version of the 1981 movie “Clash of the Titans” has more technical advancements, but the essence of the story is still consistent with the first film.  Playing nationwide in theaters on April 2nd, the 2010 film is appropriate for teenagers. The campy 1981 version is perfect for elementary to middle school children. Before viewing either movie, parental discretion is advised.

"The Clash of Titans" tells the story of the myth of Perseus.  He is the son of Zeus, a god, and Danae, a human and daughter of King Acrisius of Argos.  Perseus is one of the many children Zeus had with various mortal and immortal women.  This penchant for the ladies was often cause of much consternation on Mount Olympus, particularly for his wife Hera. The lives of the Titans can be a fascinating study either alone or with an ancient Greece unit and a study of the gods.

In the story of Perseus, he encounters fascinating characters and has many harrowing escapes.  The adventures of his life make for great reading. While his guile and heroic nature have naturally helped him out of several predicaments, the guidance of the gods was his true aide. Several key gifts provided by the gods gave Perseus the means to complete his mission and gain the love and hand in marriage of Princess Andromeda, the daughter of Queen Cassiopeia. Students, especially older ones, can enjoy a lively debate whether Perseus deserved such help. It can add a little spice to have the children switch sides too. 

Both movies provide an interesting side lesson into the evolution of movie making. The 1981 film used stop motion animation to create many of the scenes. For some children, the idea of not using a computer to generate action might seem antiquated. At the time, it was considered highly innovative. Children could make their own animated films and have a family movie night. 

Clash of the Titans Lesson Plans:

Introduction to Greek Gods

This lesson traces the twelve Olympian Gods and their relationships with each other.  Flash cards are used to create accurate memory retention.  Later, children fill out a flow chart to illustrate what they learned.

Greek Gods Who Are They?

In this lesson students utilize the Internet to aide in research.  Students choose one god or goddess to research and create a presentation. The lesson encourages the use of multiple media and resources. 

It Came From Greek Mythology

In this lesson students delve into how the stories provide key inspiration for art, architecture and many other endeavors in the ancient lives of Greeks. Students also examine how Greek culture has transferred over time into modern speech, clothing and activities.

Flash Animation

This lesson has students explore the work of artist, Keith Haring, flash animator. Lines and color are explored as part of the lesson activities. The use of animation software is encouraged as part of the learning.

 

 


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