There are a couple of different places where the CCSS reference Greek Mythology.
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).
RL4.9 Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.
I thought it would be very hard if not impossible to teach students what "Herculean," "Achilles Heel," or the "Midas touch" meant without teaching them about Greek Mythology.
For this unit, I purchased a classroom set of "Greek Myths" retold by Heather Amery.
To introduce the student to Greek Mythology and what it is, I will play the following short video clip:
Amery, H. (2000). Greek Myths. London, England : Usborne Publishing Ltd.
This is our first day starting "Greek Myths" by Heather Amery. I know that the students will get into the book and enjoy it. They have in years past. I want to provide them with a good start so that they do get into the book and enjoy it. We are going to read the first 31 pages in this lesson. We are going to read as a class, I like to class on students at random. When they have read for a little bit, I say thank you and call on the next reader. This way the students need to be following along because they never know when I will call on them and they need to follow along or they will not know where we are at. I found that if you have each student read a page or a paragraph, it is too easy for kids to predict where you are without following along. If you stop the students at random, they need to be following along to know where we are.
Before we begin the reading, I will pass out the Greek Myths sheet and the Greek Myths - Character Analysis sheet so that the students can fill them in as we read. I have copied these on both sides so that the students can keep adding to them as we continue to read "Greek Myths." (Note: not all myths explain a natural phenomenon. I make sure the students understand this before we begin.)
To wrap up the lesson, I will ask the students to summarize the myths we read about today and answer any questions they may have about the myths. I will also check to make sure the students are filling out their Greek Myth sheets correctly and completely.