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