One part of the mythology reading unit that students really enjoy is the opportunity to present their learning visually. Each person is required to take part in creating three projects. Most often this work in done with a partner or small group.
As a final wrap up to this unit, we have set aside this day to show off the hard work that has been taking place over the past few weeks. Before students spread out their work for others to view, we review the project evaluation form. The form serves a couple purposes. For one, it gives students focus as they move about the room viewing the displays. Also, anticipating this day kept the students focused on making something their peers would appreciate and they are eager to receive positive comments. The forms offer some tips on topics to comment on for those who may not be sure of what to say.
Students create a variety of projects using these graphic organizers for the myths they read that focus on reading strategies (for example, making predictions and connections) and plot elements (such as, sequencing and character analysis). Some are on chart paper while others are PowerPoint or Keynote presentations and a few groups created videos by first writing a script and then acting our scenes from one of the myths. Some examples include:
Before ending class, students take a few minutes to reflect on the unit as a whole by responding to a Mythology Reading Group Reflection that asks them to consider their favorite and least favorite myths and to explain why. In this way, they learn a little about themselves as readers and get to express that in written form. It also helps me as I refine the list of the myths year to year based on this information.
Then we take time to consider the positives and negatives of group work by filling out a peer evaluation exit ticket. While it is important that we acknowledge that this activity is worthwhile because it prepares us for the work-a-day world, we also need to deal with the fact that it is not always easy. More thought on this subject appears here: