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wondering if anyone has any ideas for a mythology unit?
Old 04-15-2010, 09:48 AM
 
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Hi everyone,

Just wondering if anyone has any ideas for a mythology unit. I have started to compare and contrast myths and legends but in the end I want them to write their own myth. Thanks.


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I haven't taught this, but there is so mych good stuff out there right now with Percy Jackson! Have fun!
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Read the Lightning
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Thief out loud. The book is so much better than the movie and the author imbeds so many myths into the storyline. There's also a great website from Rick Riordan, the author, that goes along with the book.
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We did a whole unit on Greek mythology last year and the kids loved it! There were amazed that people really believed this stuff. I had them pick a god or goddess and find out what they did and why people followed them. We also connected how the olympics started too. We looked at a lot of different books and used brainpop. Then I had them create their own myth and make up their own god.
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writing myths
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When you are ready to do some writing, try this unit

http://teacher.scholastic.com/writew...shop_index.htm

Jane Yolen tells how she does her writing and kids get to publish on the site. Myth Brainstorming Machine is kind of fun.


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Thank-you, everyone. These sound like excellent ideas to start with.
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I did the Percy Jackson read-aloud.

My kids grouped up, got to pick a greek hero or god, and worked on it.

They laid down on bulletin board paper, traced their bodies, and then turned them into greek gods or heroes.

They got to color the character, cut it out, and hang it in the hallway.

They then had to say who their person was, write a brief paragraph about it, and add their symbols.

They then made trading cards of their favorite gods.

They then made and ABC book based on the paragraphs written in the hallway.

They then made a diorama of their favorite scene from the book.

They LOVED this unit!!! They have learned SO much about greek mythology, by doing fun, creative projects!!!

Rick Riordan's site also has chapter questions that I used as an assessment for them.

I am reading Alice in Wonderland, Gaurdians of GaHoole and Phantom Tollbooth next (3 different classes), and using the same premesis...trading cards, diorama, and life sized characters to teach it. I LOVE teaching read alouds this way!! Good luck!!!

With the guardians book, we are going to get into different species of owl, Alice, more of the history behind the story, and phantom tollbooth, grammar!!! YAY!!!

Oh, as a culminating project, they are going to group up, pick a chapter, re-write it into a script and put on a puppet show in a shoe box.

I did this with lightening thief, not the puppet show, but re-writing chapters into scripts, and then they had a reader's theatre center. They loved it!!!

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