I'll hook the students by showing them a video on Greek Gods on Brainpop. Many of them have some background knowledge of myths from the Percy Jackson series, but this puts it into context for the unit we are about to complete. Brainpop is a quick way to introduce the content from a broad perspective before students dig into the objectives.
2 Direct Instruction
Students will follow along as I share a nearpod presentation defining the components of mythology and showing students examples of how mythology is part of their everyday world. Using the quiz component of Nearpod, I'll keep them engaged as they guess which God or Goddess is represented with today's society.
3 Guided Practice
Students will read several short myths and identify the main elements found in each one. Given myths that are scaffolded for each group of students, they will work to identify the main elements together. We will start the process as a whole group, then work in teams and finish in pairs. Students will analyze one myth a day to ensure they are competent with this process before creating their own myth on Google Drive in teams.
4 Independent Practice
Students will work in small groups to write a script through a collaborative Google Doc. Each student is responsible for their own character creation and dialogue. Once the script starts to come together, students will have to draw a picture of the character they have created in their mind. Then, they will take a picture of it, upload it into Puppet Pals, and use it as a puppet in the digital myth they are creating as a team. Together, they will include all of the elements of a myth that they learned and practiced in class. Students will save the myth to their Google Drive to allow for easy access and sharing capabilities.
Students will share their myths with kindergarten buddies. Together, they will teach the kindergarten about what they learned about myths. Afterwards, they will work with their kindergarten to identify the main elements of myth in each Puppet Pal project shared from the class. Students will also share their myth with their parents at our student-led Google presentation conference.