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Mythology Course Description
As a student in this introductory mythology class, you will
be introduced to some creation and/or flood myths from around the world, dissect
beloved and unknown fairytales, and spend a great deal of time learning Greek
and Roman myths. You will leave the
course familiar with the Greco-Roman gods, monsters, and heroes. You
will also be introduced to a sampling of noteworthy ancient plays, learn about
the heroic sagas, and analyze some modern interpretations.
Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, Big Myth Program (in room 123), Creation Myths (Galenet
– through our library reference page)
plays: Euripides’ Medea, The Trojan
Women, and The Bacchae
play: Peter Schaffer’s Equus
- The Golden Ass (excerpt) by
- Films: Fantasia, Jason and the Argonauts(clips), Little Otik,
Mythology: Cosmological Myths (Creation): Egyptian, Chinese, Japanese,
/ Jung / Great Mother Goddesses
Who in Greek Mythology? Olympians, Earth, Water,
Myths: These are stories that explain why something is the way it is. “Science”
Myths: These stories address “the end” – the death of the individual,
religious practices, cycles in nature, etc. Hades
/ Hero’s Journey / the great epics
of Lovers and Flowers
Tales & Other Magical Tales
What Will We Do in
Learn all the Greek myths plus more!
How Will We Learn All
The readings in this class are much shorter than your
previous English classes; however, they are dense. There is no way to retain it
other than following the steps:
Read + Write + Internalize (creative project) + Review + Study à Unit Test
I will provide you with study guides to fill in while you
read. This will help you amass the details. There are many names and plotlines
to retain, and you will complete varied creative project to help you review and
commit them to memory.
After that, you will present and listen to others to help
you review before you study for the tests.
This semester we will select from the following menu of Creative
- Quizzes: There will be passage identification
reading quizzes when you are assigned reading.
Quizzes / Tests: There are also multiple choice quizzes & tests for all the units.
Participation in the reading of the tragedies.
for the Gods, Testing Creation Gods
Park Project: You will be assigned
a hero’s journey and create an amusement park to allow your visitors to
“be a hero for a day.” This is a solo or group project.
Writing: A View from Hades. You
will write a first person account of your experience in the Underworld.
History Research: Using our school’s art database, you will create a
brochure for an exhibit you pull together for the Hero unit.
Writing: You will write one scene (geared for a modern audience) from The Bacchae and/or The Trojan Women using screenplay
Analyze modern superheroes compared to the Greek heroes.
Essay: You will write a critical
essay using two plays we read.
Students will use Comic Life to create a comic book version a myth
Presentation: Photo Story / Movie Maker.
You will conduct research on a theory or series, write a 1200 word
research essay (submitted to turnitin.com) and create a documentary using
Links. Find a modernized re-telling
in literature or film and write a reaction to how the myth has been
Interpretation Project: a re-telling of a myth that you found most
interesting during the course. You
may make a film, write a symphony, create a photographic montage, make a
- There is a Final Exam. Everything
we cover will be on it, so be sure to take great notes!