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Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T.

7th grade Lesson Plan: It’s Greek to me: Greek Mythology

From the lessons’ Overview: “This series of lessons was designed to meet the needs of gifted children for extension beyond the standard curriculum with the greatest ease of use for the educator. The lessons may be given to the students for individual self-guided work, or they may be taught in a classroom or a home-school setting. This particular lesson plan is primarily effective in a classroom setting.

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COUNTRY: USA


Christine House, Yale Teachers Institute

Hercules the Hero: Understanding the Myth

This resource is a unit curriculum which describes the 12 labors of Hercules and includes discussion prompts about the myth and how it compares to Hercules in popular culture, specifically the Disney movie. It includes four lesson plans for students to creatively express what they learned. For example, painting a mural of Ancient Greece as it relates to the labors of Hercules, creating a scrapbook for Hercules’ journey, painting on pottery, watching Disney&r(...)

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COUNTRY: USA


Joel Skidmore

Mythweb

This website is a resource for teachers and students that summarizes and describes the significance of hundreds of mythological characters, ancient sites, and modern classical scholars.

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COUNTRY: USA


Kelley O’Rourke, Yale Teachers Institute

Prometheus, the Firebringer

The resource is primarily intended for theater classes who are incorporating the myth of Prometheus into the curriculum but can also be used as creative and movement-based activities for students studying the myth of Prometheus in an English or Mythology class. The three lesson plans each create a space where students are interpreting the meaning of the myth and using their bodies to engage with the lesson.

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Rebecca Ray and Anna Warfield Storyboard That

Spotlight an Olympian God

The purpose of this activity is for students to get to know the basic qualities and stories associated with a given Olympian. A student will choose (or be assigned) one Olympian to describe on a poster (digitally but can also be a physical poster). The poster should include an illustration of the Olympian, associated myths and symbols, and explain his/her domain of power. Students should also summarize one of the myths associated with the Olympian.

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Rebecca Ray and Anna Warfield Storyboard That

Themes in the Birth of Olympians

The purpose of this activity is for students to analyze how the birth stories of gods and goddesses reflect the symbols and themes associated with those gods. For example, a student would analyze what it means that Athena, Goddess of Wisdom  is born from Zeus’s head. Students should choose three birth stories to fill in the Storyboard and provide illustrations and descriptions.

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Rebecca Ray and Anna Warfield Storyboard That

Greek Gods Character Map

The purpose of this activity is to familiarize students with characters in Greek mythology. Students are given a template with boxes to:  illustrate the god, write their domain of power, symbols, associated myths, and their Roman name. This activity can be assigned prior to learning a specific myth with students doing their own research as preparation, or to be filled out while learning a myth in class.

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COUNTRY: USA


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King Midas’ Golden Touch Character Analysis

This resource asks students to illustrate a comic strip based on the myth of King Midas’ Golden Touch. The student should choose one character from the story and in each box illustrate a scene where that character advanced the plot and provide a brief caption/explanation. The activity is intended to teach students about plot development and story telling through the Greek myth.

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COUNTRY: USA


Elizabeth Pedro/ StoryboardThat

King Midas and the Golden Touch Character Map

This resource asks students to create a character map for both the major and minor characters in the myth of King Midas and the Golden touch. Students should use the given template to draw a picture of the character, describe their physical appearance, traits, actions, and provide quotes that the characters said that progress the plot. Students learn skills of character analysis while better understanding the myth of King Midas and the Golden touch.

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Elizabeth Pedro/ StoryboardThat

King Midas’ Golden touch: Theme of King Midas

This resource has students create a storyboard of the myth of King Midas while looking at the presence of one theme throughout the story. Students are either assigned a theme or choose for themselves and illustrate three instances where the theme occurs in the story. Students provide a description under each illustration. The activity is meant to sharpen students’ understanding of how theme works in a story and deepen their understanding of the myth of King (...)

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Rebecca Ray and Anna Warfield Storyboard That

Create a Plot Diagram of a Greek Myth

Students should choose a myth to create a storyboard and separate the story into the 6 elements of the narrative arc: Exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Students should then illustrate a scene that represents each of those elements and write a description. This lesson teaches students how to break down and understand a given myth and explain the importance of each stage in the plot.

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Rebecca Ray and Anna Warfield Storyboard That

Symbols, Themes, and Motifs in Greek Mythology

The purpose of this assignment is for students to understand widespread themes in Greek mythology and how they reflect the attitude of Greeks towards their myths. Students should choose a theme they’ve observed to be present in multiple myths they have learned and create a storyboard of three examples where the theme occurs. Each example should include a title, illustration, and description. Examples of themes include human flaws, temptation, payback and rew(...)

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Rebecca Ray and Anna Warfield Storyboard That

Symbols of the Gods

This lesson has students draw an assigned number of gods with their respective symbols as well as appropriate scenes and characters accompanied by a description below each cell. The purpose is to familiarize students with the various symbols and images that are associated with each god.


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Rebecca Ray and Anna Warfield Storyboard That

Olympian Vocabulary

The purpose of the activity is to teach students about the connection between mythology and the English language. Students will also learn more about the characters of each myth by understanding their impact on modern language. Each student should choose three English words that come from a mythological character or god. Examples include: jovial, Herculean, mercurial, cereal, martial, volcano. For each word students divide a box in two. One side should have an ill(...)

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COUNTRY: USA


B. L. Ullman, Charles Henderson, jr., Norman E. Henry

Latin for Americans. First Book

The sixth revision of Latin for Americans, First Book is based on time-tested principles upon which Professor B. L. Ullman originally based this highly successful series. From the very start, the student is presented with reading connected Latin passages with comprehension of the Latin as Latin. The vocabulary is methodically chosen for the frequency of its occurrence in Latin literature and in English derivatives. The simple and informal presentatio(...)

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YEAR: 1981 - (sixth revised edition) frequently revised, still in print; 1st edition 1941

COUNTRY: USA


Anna K. Baker

A View of The Odyssey. Curriculum Unit 83.02.02

The purpose of this resource is for the teachers to use the epic poem as a tool to help the students in their own self-discovery and path to adulthood. The complexity of the Odyssey is meant to mirror challenges within the students’ own lives, as well as making them more familiar with a literary masterpiece. As the creator writes: “Students can be asked to see in the experience of Odysseus, the archetypal traveler, and his son Telemachus, a vision of t(...)

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YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY: USA


Laura Ferrante-Fernandes

Mythological Soaps. Curriculum Unit 83.02.10

This unit is aimed to “teach English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) through the myths of love and passion while concurrently introducing students to mythology.”

This dual goal is achieved via skit (brief dramatic pieces) adaptations of Daphne and Apollo, Pyramus and Thisbe, and Aphrodite and Adonis (they myths are adapted from Bulfinch’s Mythology).
The creator notes that students are engaged with TV&r(...)

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YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY: USA


William F. Natale Jr.

Reading and Writing Via the Myths. Curriculum Unit 83.02.05

The purpose of this unit is to encourage reading and creative writing The creator’s aim among others, is “to use mythology s an impetus to creativity in other areas of schoolwork such as in art, English, and social studies”, hence link between mythology and other subject from the students’ curriculum.

The activities involve reading, creative writing: sending letters to other students while pretending to be(...)

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YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY: USA


Kelley O’Rourke

Prometheus, the Firebringer. Curriculum Unit 83.02.03

This unit focuses on the character of the Titan Prometheus and his heroism towards humankind. The creator aims to use the myths of Prometheus as part of a theatre curriculum and study of the Greek theatre. The activities involve: reading assignments, listening skills, creative writing (playwriting Exercise) dramatic speaking, dramatization of the myth, making a mask, creating original playsets and study of the Greek theatre, creative movement (game of statues).

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YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY: USA


Michael Conte, Jr.

Mythology for the Classroom. Curriculum Unit 83.02.04

This unit offers an introduction to Greek and Roman mythology, with the hope that the students will later continue exploring this subject on their own.

The students learn of the ancient myths via modern retelling. The purpose is also to strengthen the students’ language skills, by asking them to search words in a dictionary and give them writing assignments.

The unit offers three lesson plan samples, bibliography for teachers and students, filmstrips (from the Audio-Visual D(...)

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YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY: USA


Irma E. Garcia

Greek and Roman Mythology in the Classroom. Curriculum Unit 83.02.11

This unit serves as complement to the curricula of social and urban studies classes. It focuses on the influence of Greek mythology on the modern world and less on literary analysis of  ancient texts.

As part of the activities, the students look for specific words from the myths in translation, draw or cut out pictures which express ideas from the myths, practice oral and silent reading (the labours of Hercules are given as (...)

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YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY: USA


Diana Doyle

Teaching Mythology: Gods and Heroes. Curriculum Unit 83.02.06

This unit aims to enhance students’ reading and writing skills and encourage their curiosity by teaching them adapted myths, especially on Greek heroes. The myths suggested in this unit are: the creation myth with comparison with other cultures’ creation stories (Babylonian, Apache, and Nigerian), Titanomachy, Olympian gods, creation of humans, Gift of fire, flood, Pandora, Hercules, Orpheus, Daedalus, Odysseus and Achilles form the heroes’ myths(...)

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YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY: USA


Doris Vazquez

Mythology in the ESL Classroom. Curriculum Unit 83.02.09

This unit is designed as a handbook for teachers on incorporating myths into ESL (English as Second Language) classes. The stories are aimed to develop reading skill, writing skills, artistic skills, listening skills.

The suggested myths are:
The creation of the world and humankind, Pandora, name of the months, exploits of various Olympian gods, (the Roman names are used in this unit): Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto, Venus, Minerva, (...)

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YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY: USA


Deborah Lynn Turnbull

Dolphins and Whales In Mythology Part One of a Multidisciplinary Unit. Curriculum Unit 83.02.12

This unit focuses on myths related to dolphins and whales. The lessons involve reading of the texts, with accompanying ancient pictorial representations of whales and dolphins. The unit explains the ancient (and modern) navigation by stars.

The unit develops critical thinking on natural and ecological issues as well. The creator provides introduction to cetacean from different aspects, biological and cultural.

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YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY: USA


Camilla L. Greene

Myth Connections. Curriculum Unit 83.02.08

This unit focuses on the reading and retelling of myths as well writing skills and group participation skills. The purpose is also to “enable students to appreciate African and Greek myths” and provide the students with knowledge about past cultures, of which they may know very little. This unit was written for a school mostly populated by African-American students, hence the focus on African myths as part of making the students more familiar with them(...)

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YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY: USA


John Severi

Mythological Archetypes: Amazons to Madison Avenue. Curriculum Unit 83.02.07

This unit aims to “explore mythology through a cross-cultural, archetypal approach.” the students will read and discuss poems, stories and experts from novels which contain common elements relating to mythological architypes. The activities focus on reading comprehension and evaluation of texts as well as writing assignments and art, such as collage making. The students work individually or in groups.

This unit also a(...)

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YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY: USA


EDSITEment

Ovid’s Metamorphoses

This lessons’ unit focus on Ovid’s magnum opus, the Metamorphoses and how it can be compared to other stories, from the Bible to modern prose and poetry.

The curriculum provides a brief background on Ovid and three lessons:
Lesson 1: The Metamorphoses and Genesis: A Comparison of Creation-Flood Stories
Lesson 2: The Metamorphoses and Modern Poetry: A Comparison of Mythic Characters
Lesson 3: “The Metamo(...)

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COUNTRY: USA


EDSITEment

It Came From Greek Mythology

This lesson’s unit offers various activities connected with Greek mythology. From It ranges from the meaning of myth, to the nature of Greek heroes and various moral myths (Echo and Narcissus, Daedalus and Icarus and Phaeton), the various constellations and the influence of Greek myths on art and poetry in later centuries.

• The lessons include background for the teachers on the theme of ancient heroes. The lesson offe(...)

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COUNTRY: USA


BusyTeacher Member

Echo and Narcissus Story

This worksheet contains the adapted myth of Narcissus and Echo (Story retold by Walker Brents). It acts as a source material for discussion in class. The teachers are encouraged to create reading comprehension questions following the text.

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COUNTRY: USA


PrimaryLeap.co.uk

Neptune - Reading Comprehension

This worksheet provides short facts and questions about Poseidon/Neptune. It considers the role of Neptune, from the planet Neptune to the Greek/Roman god of the sea.


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YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: USA


EDSITEment

Live from Ancient Olympia!

This lesson enables students to conduct “live interviews’ with ancient athletes. The students and teacher can use the online exhibit “"The Ancient Olympics," developed for the EDSITEment-reviewed Perseus Project.” This online exhibition  was created in 1996  and features various themes: Ancient and Modern Olympic Sports, A Tour of Ancient Olympia, Athletes’ stori(...)

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COUNTRY: USA


AV2 by Weigl

Venus Goddess of Love and Beauty: Media Enhanced Book

This website offers an accompanying online activities to the book Venus Goddess of Love and Beauty by Teri Temple and Emily Temple. The book is reviewed on our OMC survey (http://www.omc.obta.al.uw.edu.pl/myth-survey/item/1204).
The online website offers an online version of the book.
The interactive activities follow the information in the book and include various actions to check its comprehension. The activities inc(...)

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COUNTRY: USA


National Geographic Kids

Zeus the Mighty

This website accompanies the “Zeus the Mighty” book series by Crispin Boyer http://www.omc.obta.al.uw.edu.pl/myth-survey/item/1189. It provides interactive activities as well as information on the book and its main characters.
The website includes the following:
•Games: Zeus the Mighty: help Zeus climb Mt. Olympus
Personality Quiz By Kay Boatner: which type (...)

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YEAR: 2019

COUNTRY: USA