Lesson 3: The Stories

Getting Started

You have learned the stories of the major Greek gods and goddesses. Each character has his or her own unique role and story. One way archaeologists and historians learn about people of the past is by analyzing the writings and the artistic contributions of a culture.

Stuff You Need

  • cardstock* (Activity 3 - optional)
  • colored pencils
  • journal
  • white art paper* (Activity 2 - Option 1)

* - denotes an optional material that may or may not be needed

Ideas to Think About

  • How does artistic expression reflect the beliefs and values of a society?
  • How do the stories and beliefs of a society reflect the culture of the society?

Things to Know

  • Archaeologists and historians learn about people in the past by examining written documents and artistic contributions.


  • Analyze, make inferences, and draw conclusions about the author's purpose in cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding. (LA)
  • Analyze literary works that share similar themes across cultures. (LA)
  • Explain how the values and beliefs of particular characters are affected by the historical and cultural setting of the literary work. (LA)

Introducing the Lesson

Ask your child to consider which god or goddess he found most interesting or which one he respected most. Encourage him to explain his decisions with examples.

For today's lesson he will either write a poem about his favorite god or goddess or create a pot that reflects the story of the god or goddess.