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Toontastic Myths

Students create a Toontastic cartoon summarizing a myth using the elements of plot
Kristin R.
Classroom teacher
Cabell Midland High School
Ona, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to...

1. Summarize a story

2. Utilize the elements of plot to organize a small group made cartoon

3. Identify the elements of plot

4. Separate a myth into the elements of plot

5. Work collaboratively to create a product

6. Identify common elements of stories within the same genre

English Language Arts
Grades 3 – 12
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1 Hook


Introduce the unit by having students use Popplet to brainstorm in pairs myths that they are familiar with.  

Then, the student pairs will brainstorm vis Popplet the common elements of these myths. For example, hero, villain, gods, tasks, quests, etc.  

Pairs will then share their brainstormed myths and common elements with the class.  Teacher will record the common elements on the board for class discussion later.  

 25 minutes

2 Direct Instruction

Review the elements of the plot diagram using the interactive diagram on readwritethink.org located here: http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/plot-diagram/. Discuss each elements purpose within the plot. 

Looking back at the common elements within the myths. Using the interactive plot diagram, place the common elements where they would fit best on the diagram.  For example, the hero, villain, and conflict are introduced in the exposition. The tasks the hero must complete take place in the rising action.  

Before moving onto the next task review what needs to be in a complete summary. For example: characters, conflict, major events, etc.  

20 minutes

3 Guided Practice

Create groups of three to four students and assign each group a myth to read ("Hercules," "Icarus and Daedalus," "Theseus and the Minotaur," etc.). 

After the group completes reading their myth, use the interactive plot diagram on readwritethink.org to record the events of their myth.  This will act as an outline for their summary cartoon. Students will need to print their diagram.  

45-60 minutes

4 Independent Practice

Using the group's print plot diagram, students will use the Toontastic app to create a summary cartoon of their assigned myth.  

Students will need to create backgrounds, characters, and props by drawing them within the app.  

They will then use their created backgrounds, characters, and props to record and create their cartoon summary.   

The teacher will create an account for the students to use so that each group's videos may  be viewed by the class via the Toontastic website. 

90-120 minutes

5 Wrap-Up

Google Drive
Free, Paid

Each group will present their cartoon to the class via the toontastic website and projector.  

The students will complete a table via Google Drive for each cartoon noting the elements of plot for each summary.  This will be used as an assessment for the students watching the cartoon and the creators of the cartoon to ensure that all of the elements were presented.  

60-90 minutes