It's all Greek to Me! Plotting the Action of Heroes in Mythology

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SWBAT analyze how particular incidents in a myth propel the action, aspects, and decisions of Greek heroes.

Big Idea

Greek Heroes # You must be exaggerating again!

Warm-Up: What's in Myths?

5 minutes

Why do some many people enjoy reading Greek Mythology? Besides gods and goddesses, what other elements in these stories could grab my attention? Students have read many myths throughout their lives. However, have students ever read a myth to judge whether a God is truly a hero?

To begin our lesson, we will hold a discussion about the following statement:

List the characteristics found in Greek mythology.

To capture students' attention during this time of the lesson, volunteers will share what they have brainstormed in their minds. Some characteristics of myths will specifically speak to how this genre is distinct in nature from all other forms of fictional literature.

The Commandments of Myth Reading

5 minutes

Prior to reading myths, there are a few rules students will need to better comprehend what is found in the text. These Rules to Reading Myths will be presented to students prior to us tackling our comprehension with myths.

Station Rotation: Reading Myths & Determining Hero Traits

30 minutes

This part of the lesson requires students to apply what they have learning about myths into practice. We will start this discovery by students reading their myths silently. Then, each group will create a  t-chart noting both the positive and negative qualities of each hero. After groups discuss greek hero characteristics, they will rotate different myths until they have a running list of at least five heroes and thier attributes on paper.

Finally, students will select one hero from their list to nominate for the Hero Hall of Fame Award. Hear a student talk of myth hero to understand what criteria was used to develop the criteria for the reward.