Warning to Pandora

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Objective

SWBAT write a letter warning Pandora to not open the box using details from the myth.

Big Idea

The allusion of Pandora is one students have often heard, but might not understand. In this lesson we read the myth and connect how it is used to describe things today. The class will also practice writing a letter to connect the details.

Pandora and Outlining Our Notes

15 minutes

Students are going to read and practice at writing notes in outline format. I hand out the myth to each student and a lined piece of paper. We will be reading and creating our notes as a whole class.

To begin, I ask the class to read the article on Pandora to themselves. They need to annotate as they read. I will then read the article with them and stop after each paragraph to create a note from that section of the reading. I model this on the white board and I ask the class to copy the notes on the back of their article. 

Discussing the Allusion

5 minutes

Once we finish completing our notes, we need to discuss the allusion. I ask the class if there has every been a time where they have heard people say something in regards to Pandora's Box. Some believe they have heard it. We discuss what it might mean if someone was to tell them to not open Pandora's Box. The class does a great job of coming up with ways they can use the story of Pandora's Box to explain what is happening in specific situations.  

Warning Pandora

10 minutes

The fun part is the writing response piece. The class will pretend to be the box and will know what they hold inside. They will need to write a warning letter to Pandora trying to convince her to keep the box closed. 

Before they begin, I model under the document camera how the form of their letter should look. I explain that they need to give at least three reasons to not open the box. They will also be graded on the letter form and if it reads like a letter.