Thursday, October 10, 2013

Mythology class update - October 10

Today we began with reading "Daedalus and Icarus" and then discussed the irony of Daedalus being on Crete as well as the hubris he and his son exhibited.

We learned about Heracles: his birth, childhood, rages induced by Hera, and his labors ordered by Eurystheus.  The students need to learn all 12 labors (including the spellings).

The word virtue comes from the Latin word "vir" meaning man.  It exemplifies courage, excellence, valor, and worth.  All are Greek ideals for heroes.  We discussed what it means to be a hero (whether in American culture or Greek) - do we still have monsters? - and are heroes born or made. 

1.  Discussion questions from Daedalus and Icarus (skip the last one).
2. Read about Heracles in the D'Aulaires book (pages 132 - 147)
3.   Read the "Hero's journey" handout.  Thinking of a favorite book or movie, complete the Hero's journey chart. (Do not use examples that are included in the handouts!)
4.  Continue working on your OMG project (feel free to bring in an example to make sure you are on the right track)
5.  Quiz which will include the 12 labors on October 24
6.  Deadline to register for the Roman banquet is October 26.  IF you are unable to attend, please talk to me about alternative events you might attend.

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