Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mythology class update - week 1

We began with the Greeks - who they are, why they are important, ideals they valued, and where they failed.  We are going to look at the myths the way Greeks of the classical era would have - by examining the stories for meaning and metaphor - and then finding the ever important human element.

Next up was the creation stories, the quest for power, and then the war between the Titans and the Olympians.

1.  All students were given an access code to sign up for  All grades will be posted there and available for your perusal at any time.
2.  Please read over the syllabus handed out in class.  Parents and students are asked to sign it - and it will count as a homework grade.
3.  Two field trip opportunities were discussed in class and flyers were sent home.  Be sure to put those dates on your calendar - and note the cut off date for signing up.  (NOTE: students are required to do 2 cultural activities over the course of the year.  If these dates don't work for your family, let me know and we can talk about other events you could attend instead.)
4.  We filled out a chart with the information for the 14 major Greek gods, their Roman names, jobs and symbols.  There will be a quiz on September 19.
5.  Complete the question handout.  (I neglected to give this to the students in class.  Please check for an email with an attachment from me!)
6.  Each student chose 2 gods to research.  Next week, they are to present their findings about one of the gods to the class.  The students can tell a story about that god or just tell more about him/her.  There is nothing written, nothing to turn in - but a visual is required. (The second one will be due on September 19)
7.  The students were given a handout for the OMG project where they will create 24 trading cards on gods, demigods, heroes, or monsters.  This is not due until we are done with the Greeks and Romans (probably end of January).  A good idea would be to do the first card and use it as the visual aid for the god presentation due next week.

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