Greek Myths Explain the World
Padlet Pantheon of Greek Gods
Assign each student one Greek god or goddess to research. Students will create a brief biography including the name the god, what he or she is known for, the god's symbol(s), and an image of the god (drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Using Padlet, students will post an image of an assigned Greek god or goddess, write the biographical information, and cite their image. Students may refer back to the Padlet as they conduct research in later parts of this assignment.
Measuring progress: Students will demonstrate knowledge of one god or goddess. They will review their own work in comparison with what others have produced. Students will view all of the submissions to get a better understanding of all the gods.
2 Direct Instruction
Read online textbook about Greek mythology.
Researching Greek Mythology
Go to the Greek Mythology LiveBinder and watch the assigned videos listed in Video Resources.
Read at least three of the Greek myths from Mr. Donn’s Many Myths
Students will work collaboratively in their assigned groups to:
- choose one myth to research
- research different versions of it, collect information about the myth, and the gods involved in it
3 Guided Practice
Writing a Collaborative Script in Google Docs
Students will work synchronously and asynchronously in Google Docs to write a script interviewing gods about the myth. Students will describe the basic plot or theme of a Greek myth.
Students will share their Google Docs with the teacher as "Can Comment." The teacher will review each script for content, accuracy, writing conventions, spelling, clarity, originality of thought, and participation. The teacher will leave comments with suggestions for improvement in the document file.
Measuring progress: Students will revise the written script as needed, incorporating the teacher's suggestions and improving upon their project.
4 Independent Practice
Filming the Story of the Myth
With your assigned group, use the script you wrote to reenact the story of a Greek myth on video.
- Use props and basic costumes.
- Practice acting and speaking clearly and audibly.
- Check the video to make sure your film is usable. Make sure the voices are audible and that the camera is not shaky.
- Edit movie using iMovie, or other video editing tool to clip footage to 5-7 minutes in length.
- All group members should participate equally.
Introduce the film to the class on your scheduled presentation day. Explain what went well and any challenges you experienced. Share final video with the class.
Checking for Understanding with Google Forms
Assessment: Students will take an online quiz on general information about Greek myths using Google Forms.
Measuring Progress: Any wrong answers will redirect students to sources of the information for their review. Students will retake the test until they achieve a grade of 85% or better. This will remediate any gaps in their learning and make certain that all students have a basic understanding of Greek mythology.