Lesson 3: The Stories


Activity 1: Sentence Editing

Materials: journal
Copy these sentences in your journal, correcting any grammar, spelling, or punctuation errors:
  • When Demeter sat on her golden throne her daughter was always on her lap when she went down to earth to look after her trees and fields she took Persephone.
  • Aphrodite had a mischievious little son who's name was Eros he darted about, with a bow and a kwiver full of arrows.
Here are the suggested sentence corrections. (Changes from the original are underlined.)
  • When Demeter sat on her golden throne, her daughter was always on her lap; when she went down to earth to look after her trees and fields, she took Persephone. (It is also correct if your child ended "...on her lap" with a period and started a new sentence with "when.")
  • Aphrodite had a mischievous little son whose name was Eros. He darted about with a bow and a quiver full of arrows. (It is also correct if your child inserted a semicolon between "Eros" and "he.")

Activity 2: Favorite Gods or Goddesses

Materials: colored pencils, white art paper*
We can learn about past cultures by studying their writings and artwork. Consider what people in the past were trying to convey to society when they passed down the myths you have read about. How could these stories have brought some order to the people? What questions could the people have been trying to answer? What can we learn today by analyzing these age-old stories?

Select your favorite god or goddess that you have learned about in the previous lessons. Then select one of the activities below.
For this activity your child will select his favorite god or goddess and will either write an acrostic poem about him or her or design a pot to represent the god or goddess.

Option 1: Acrostic Poem

Write an acrostic poem about your favorite god or goddess. Remember that an acrostic name poem uses the letters in a person's name as the first letter of each line in the poem. Acrostic poems can often be more exciting if you use some verbs as the first words in the lines of the poem. Refer to the sample Zeus acrostic poem, provided on the "Acrostic Poem" page.

After you have done a draft of your poem, write the final copy on art paper using colored pencils. Feel free to add artistic flair to your final copy to make it more interesting. Look at some of the artifacts from ancient Greece and try to add designs that reflect the artwork of the time.
Check to see that your child's acrostic poem reflects the god or goddess.

Option 2: A Pot

For this option, you will decorate some pottery to reflect one or two of the gods or goddesses you have learned about. Pottery has provided historians with an archaeological record of the ancient Greek culture. These pots have helped our understanding of Greek society.

Many of the pots (and shards) that have been discovered depict the stories of the gods and goddess from Greek mythology. The figures and designs on the pots tend to take very angular patterns with a geometric approach. Very simple body forms are presented on the pots. You can find examples of these pots at the links provided.
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Use colored pencils to decorate the pot outline provided on the "Hydria Vase" page to reflect one or two of the gods or goddesses you have learned about. Think about the gods' story and the symbols often associated with the god(s) you are drawing on the pot. Try to make the illustrations look similar to those that are found on the ancient artifacts you saw on the various websites. Most of the pots had black images upon firing, and many pots had a reddish orange tint after being fired.
When your child has finished drawing his ancient Greek vase, see if you can guess which gods or goddesses are depicted on the piece.

Activity 3: Go Greek

Materials: cardstock*
You have probably played the card game Go Fish. Today you will be playing a game that follows these same rules but uses the cards of the Greek gods and goddesses found on the six "Go Greek" activity pages to play Go Greek.

To make the cards more sturdy, you can copy them onto cardstock paper before cutting them out.
The game can be played with 2-4 players, and the goal is to collect the most sets of four cards. Here are the rules:
  1. Shuffle the cards and pass out five cards to each player.
  2. The youngest player goes first and asks the player to his left for a specific card (for example, "Do you have a Zeus?") and then reads the descriptions aloud.
  3. If the second player has the card, she will give it to the first player. If the second player doesn't have the card, she will say, "Go Greek." If the second player says, "Go Greek," then the first player draws a card from the pile.
  4. If the first player gets a card from the second player, his continues until he has to draw a card. Then turn moves to the player on the left.
  5. When a player gets four cards that are alike, she will set them to the side, face up.
  6. Play continues until either someone has no cards left in his or her hand or the draw pile runs out. The winner is the player who then has the most sets of four.
Play the Go Greek card game with your child and any other family member interested in playing. This game will help your child memorize the names and descriptions of the Greek gods and goddesses.