Unit: The Invention of Fiction: Myths

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Unit Description

Students learn basic literature analysis through reading creation myths from Ancient Greece and Indigenous American cultures. Each lesson can be broken down into more than one part, depending on your schedules.

Lessons

The What? and Why? of Myths Resources: 6

Students define myths and differentiate from fairy tales and religious texts. Students explain why myths were created and why they survive.

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Intro to Question-Answer Relationships Resources: 10

Students understand the purpose of the QAR categories as they will be used in this course. (I have modified them for user-friendliness.) Students recognize appropriate questions and answers for each category.

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Native American Creation Myths I Resources: 3

Students identify explanatory function of myths Students recognize influence of culture on story-telling techniques Students perform compare & contrast analysis using myths and prior knowledge

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Native American Creation Myths 2 & 3 Resources: 2

Students generate relevant questions about readings on issues that can be researched

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Theme and Symbolism in Native Myths Resources: 6

Students identify universal themes and differences in presentation of themes Students identify instances of symbolic meaning

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Understanding Comics (and Graphic Novels) Resources: 4

SWBAT understand that comics and graphic novels have a long history, exist in several cultures, and can have complicated meanings and styles

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Greek Gods Survey Resources: 8

Students recognize 2-3 of the main Greek gods. Students recognize the function gods played in cultural organization.

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Demeter Persephone Part I Resources: 6

Students analyze interactions between characters Students determine characters’ traits Students analyze the way in which this myth is related to the themes and issues of its historical period

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Demeter Persephone Part II Resources: 6

Students analyze interactions between characters Students determine characters’ traits Students analyze the way in which this myth is related to the themes and issues of its historical period

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Greek Myth Exploration Resources: 6

Students independently read and analyze myths Students recognize themes, symbols and purposes in myths Students analyze characterization

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Discussion and Project: Myths Resources: 2

Students demonstrate understandings of characterization and the purpose of myths by writing their own.

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Literature Journal Assignments Resources: 1

Students analyze theme, characterization and symbolism in independent reading.

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Unit Resources

CAHSEE eng standards   Scope and Sequence
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