Lesson Plan

Greek Myths Explain the World

What did the myths about gods, goddesses, and heroes mean to the people of ancient Greece?
Barbara T.
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, English-Language Learning, Health & Wellness
  • Student will demonstrate their understanding of a Greek myth through a variety of activities
  • Students will describe the basic plot or theme of a Greek myth
  • Students will collaborate by creating a script to interview a Greek god or hero about a myth using Google Docs
  • Students will collaborate by filming and producing a video acting out the script
  • Videos will be shared as a class to further every student’s learning about Greek myths

Common Core Standards Addressed:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.3 Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.4 Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.5 Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

Social Studies
Grades 6
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1 Hook

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Padlet Pantheon of Greek Gods

Watch this video from the History Channel on the 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

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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

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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.


5 Wrap-Up

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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.