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Greek Myths
Age 11-13: Concept 2 - Semester 2: Unit 1

Explore a tremendous world of Greek gods and goddesses, larger than life heroes, strange creatures, and far away realms. Through the mysterious and fantastical myths of King Zeus, his extended family, and children, you will learn how the Greeks tried to make sense of the natural world around them. Hercules, Perseus, and Helen of Troy are a few of the amazing heroes you will discover.

Throughout this unit, you will play a fun card game to help you learn common Greek and Latin roots. After learning about the characteristics of a Greek myth, you will rewrite a traditional Greek myth with your own modern twist.

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 7th or 8th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Ancient Greece
  • Lesson 2: The Gods and Goddesses (3 Days)
  • Lesson 3: The Stories
  • Lesson 4: Minor Gods, Nymphs, Satyrs, and Centaurs (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Mortal Descendants of Zeus
  • Lesson 6: Vainglorious Kings (3 Days)
  • Lesson 7: The Trojan War
  • Final Project: A New Twist on an Ancient Myth (3 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze literary works that share similar themes across cultures. (Language Arts)
  • 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. (Language Arts)
  • Apply language conventions and usage during oral presentations. (Language Arts)
  • Clarify word meanings through the use of definition, example, restatement, or contrast. (Language Arts)
  • Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion. (Language Arts)
  • Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film). (Language Arts)
  • Compare and contrast the similarities and differences in mythologies from various cultures (e.g., ideas of an afterlife, roles and characteristics of deities, purposes of myths). (Language Arts)
  • Convey a comprehensive understanding of sources, not just superficial details when providing a summary. (Language Arts)
  • Deliver oral summaries of articles and books that include the main ideas of the event or article and the most significant details. (Language Arts)
  • Describe conventions in myths and epic tales (e.g., extended simile, the quest, the hero's tasks, circle stories). (Language Arts)
  • Determine the meaning of grade-level academic English words derived from Latin, Greek, or other linguistic roots and affixes. (Language Arts)
  • Edit drafts for grammar, mechanics, and spelling. (Language Arts)
  • Explain how the values and beliefs of particular characters are affected by the historical and cultural setting of the literary work. (Language Arts)
  • Identify the meaning of foreign words commonly used in written English with emphasis on Latin and Greek words (e.g., habeus corpus, e pluribus unum, bona fide, nemesis). (Language Arts)
  • Organize literary interpretations around several clear ideas, premises, or images from the literary work. (Language Arts)
  • Read a variety of literature and other texts (e.g., novels, autobiographies, myths, essays, magazines, plays, pattern poems, blank verse). (Language Arts)
  • Revise drafts to ensure precise word choice and vivid images; consistent point of view; use of simple, compound, and complex sentences; internal and external coherence; and the use of effective transitions after rethinking how well questions of purpose, audience, and genre have been addressed. (Language Arts)
  • Revise final draft in response to feedback from peers and teacher and publish written work for appropriate audiences. (Language Arts)
  • Study the characteristics of different literary genres. (Language Arts)
  • Synthesize and make logical connections between ideas within a text and across two or three texts representing similar or different genres, and support those findings with textual evidence. (Language Arts)
  • Use knowledge of Greek, Latin, and Anglo-Saxon roots and affixes to understand content-area vocabulary. (Language Arts)
  • Use own words in oral summaries, except for material quoted from sources. (Language Arts)
  • Write responses to literature and develop interpretations exhibiting careful reading, understanding, and insight. (Language Arts)
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