Reflection: Standards Alignment Greek Mythology - Advertising Agents - Section 2: Introduction


When the CCSS were first implemented in our state a few years ago, I struggled with how to teach  

RL4.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).  

Of course we all try to teach our students how to use context clues within the text to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words.  That part was easy.  It was the last part that threw me - "Including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean)"  I think I knew all along that the only way for students to truly understand words that allude to significant characters found in mythology is for them to learn about mythology.  I hesitated for two reasons. 

1. I thought that Greek mythology would be over the students heads.

2. I thought the student interest would be low.

I have since learned that both of my hesitations were false.  I had nothing to worry about.  How will a student understand the term Herculean if he doesn't know who Hercules or Heracles (as the Greeks called him) is?

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Greek Mythology - Advertising Agents

Unit 7: Greek Mythology Madness!
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Objective: SWBAT read and understand "Greek Myths" as retold by Heather Amery. They will also be able to design a product advertisement using terminology derived from Greek mythology.

Big Idea: We are reading "Greek Myths" retold by Heather Amery. In this lesson we will also designing a "billboard" to advertise a product using terminology from Greek Mythology.

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