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Learners research a Greek god or goddess and their family tree for a photo story presentation in this introductory mythology lesson

Subject:

Language Arts  

Grades:

7, 8  

Title – Introduction to Greek Mythology
By – Diana Cedillo
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Grade Level – 7-8

 

Concept / Topic to Teach:

The learner will become familiar with the Greek Mythology family tree and the relationships and responsibilities among the gods.

Texas Essential Knowledge Standards Addressed:

TEKS/ELPS 7.21, 7.22a-b, 7.23a-d, 7.24a-b, 7.25a-d, 7.26, 7.28, 7.44

General Goal:

The learner will research a Greek God or Goddess, create a digital story using Photo Story 3, and present their project.

Specific Objectives:

  • TLW determine, locate, and explore the full range of relevant sources addressing a research question and record information gathered
  • TLW clarify research questions and evaluate and synthesize information gathered
  • TLW organize and present their ideas according to purpose of research
  • TLW use comprehension skills to listen attentively to others in formal and informal settings.
  • TLW work productively with others in teams.
  • TLW create a digital story about their selected God or Goddess

Required Materials:

Student Materials:

  • All students will find two approved print sources in the library about their God/Goddess
  • All students will find two approved online sources about their God/Goddess.
  • 4 Index cards for each of the sources which will identify proper citations.
  • 12 additional index cards to take notes from their sources
  • Computer access for Photo Story 3
  • Internet connection for approved photos

Teacher Materials:

  • Greek Mythology PowerPoint
  • Pre-cut names of 35 mythology gods/goddesses or creatures
  • List of these same names
  • Pearcy Jackson & The Lightning Thief or Clash of the Titans
  • Greek Mythology Family Tree to project
  • Model of Greek Mythology photo story

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In):

  • Spend roughly 5-10 minutes reviewing a PowerPoint about Greek Mythology.
  • Then spend two weeks covering a Mythology Unit delving into depth about the relationships and roles of the gods/goddess.
  • Culminate the unit by showing Pearcy Jackson & The Lightning Thief or Clash of the Titans .

Step-By-Step Procedures:

  • After introducing Greek Mythology, assign a project to students.
  • Pre-cut 35 different mythology gods/goddesses or creature names and have students randomly draw one.
  • Record their name on a list of these 35 entities to remember who drew whom.
  • Spend approximately 30-45 minutes (depending on class size) identifying print and electronic sources.
  • After their sources have been identified, students write down notes and important information pertaining to their god/goddess/creature on their index cards.
  • Then, they gather all their index cards and start reviewing their notes.
  • Once they have a good feel for who their mythological being was, they start creating their digital story.
  • Images may be scanned and saved on a pin drive or downloaded from approved internet sites.

Plan For Independent Practice:

  • All students will be monitored as they are conducting their research.
  • Students will be self-guided and peer-tutored.
  • Guidance will be provided if a student needs assistance and their peers cannot answer their question.

Closure:

  • Project the Greek Mythology Family Tree so students can see the relationship between the gods.
  • Then, project a digital story you created to model what you expect from your students and to reach your auditory and visual learners.
  • Kinesthetic learners can reenact their digital story.

Assessment Based On Objectives:

  • Student assessment is based on their creation and presentation of their assignment.
  • There may also be a quiz to coincide with the unit.

Adaptations:

  • Students with learning disabilities will have a modified assignment according to their IEP. A project that represents their capabilities will still be expected.
  • Some students may be required to have two sources, while another student may have a much shortened assignment that only includes one source.

Extensions:

  • Pre-AP will further elaborate about their God/Goddess and how their role impacted Mythology.
  • Pre-AP can work in pairs, however, each student will develop their own story and present their own story (teacher monitored).

Possible Connections To Other Subjects:

  • This activity may be connected to a history lesson.
  • If Genealogy is covered, perhaps this family tree can be discussed.

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