Friday, March 17, 2017

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Dear Mythology Kids,
Hooray! Welcome to your final term of high school. I am here to help you. Please let me  know what you need, so that I can help you, and you can end with "flying colors!" 

This is what we completed....
1. We started the "history lesson" regarding the Minoans and the Myceneans.
2. Students then watched a 20 minute History Channel regarding the Minoan civilization. If you missed class, I can share the link with you.
3. Please communicate with the a friend from class, so you return on Monday caught up.

NONE! You will have an assignment on Monday, so please make sure you are in class.


Did I miss anything?
No, we did nothing! We never do anything in class! Of course you missed something!  We started discussing the history behind our next hero called THESEUS!
What do I need to do?
Stop by the room and collect the "storyboard" that outlines all the information regarding the history and the myth itself.

Look up the following in relationship to the storyboard:
  •  Crete
  • Knossos
  • Minoans
  • Minos
  • Labyrinthian 


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Dear Mythology Kids,
Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed your long weekend, and those of you that participated in choir/band/orchestra/drama tour, I hope you had a wonderful time.

YOU HAVE NO HOMEWORK FOR FRIDAY, but you will have an assignment for given to you on FRIDAY, that is due on TUESDAY; please don't miss class, my young friends. ALL missing work is due on FRIDAY, in addition to your HW Coupon. 

 Dear Mythology Kids,
I hope you have a great Fall Break! If you missed class, we completed the following:

1 Students were given schema regarding the "Oedipus" myth. This information was recorded on the back of the "Greek Drama" handout. The following images were used to guide students through offering schema. If you missed class, please communicate with a friend.

1. If a person is not taught that something is wrong, and then they commit that crime, are they guilty? Explain.
2. Do you believe in fate or choice? Explain.

The above questions are pocket cards #7/ #8.... Please complete them, and then submit  your responses on a 3x5 card for Friday.



Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Dear Mythology Kids,
TODAY we focused on ANALYSIS! You have a strong understand of the pantheon, Hades, and the myths associated with the gods. At this point, my young friends, you can explain to an audience how the use of mythology assists a reader in understanding meaning!  

For those of you on tour, THIS IS DUE UPON YOUR RETURN. The majority of you communicated with me prior to your departure, so you have schema on what we did in class. For those of you that did not, PLEASE START ADVOCATING FOR YOURSELVES! The analysis that you wrote did in class is due on Wednesday! 

 What "truth" or theme  is Rosetti attempting to convey regarding Pandora as a symbolic character in this poem "Pandora?"


Dante Gabriel Rosetti

What of the end lady? Was it line the deed that 
set the fiery pinions free? Wherefore upon 
Jupiter's demand that Vulcan male thee so divine? 

              “Pandora,” by Dante Gabriel Rosetti, offers the reader insight regarding the mythological character of Pandora as a symbol. In addition, Rosetti gives the audience valid concepts concerning the primary theme surrounding the “Pandora” myth. In the text, Rosetti does not blame Pandora for opening a box containing evils to torment and tempt mankind, but rather he indicates that Pandora represents an instrument, a weapon, created by the gods to punish mankind. The lines, “Was it thine the deed that set the fiery pinions free? Wherefore upon Jupiter’s demand did Vulcan make thee so divine?” helps the audience recognize that Pandora acts as a destructive pawn of the gods. The text offers information about her creation, and that she is formed to perform a “deed” that will release “pinions,” or evils upon the earth. She represents the “fatal female” character in that she does not simply open a jar containing ills, phobias, complexes, and desires to torment man, but she exposes mankind to the disgraces of nature, which in turn gives them the opportunity to grasp opposition. According to the text, Pandora does not release all of the pain causing attributes; hope remains in the jar. The “Pandora” myth indicates, “Only one spirit remained in the jar. Hope had become caught under the rim” (Hamilton, 35). Rosetti returns to the myth by posing a question as the poem’s conclusion,  “If hope is pent therein alive or dead?” By ending this way, he offers the reader a choice. Is it possible that hope was able to escape the confines of the jar; therefore, giving mankind the opportunity to feel positive and negative  effects of hope? Or did hope remain in the jar forever? If this is true, then mankind would never have the opportunity for motivation when he feels distress. The conclusion must come from the reader’s perception of hope. Either way, Pandora acts as a symbolic representation of the female that causes strife to man, but without her role, man cannot grasp happiness.

FOR YOUR HOMEWORK, which is due on WEDNESDAY, the 8th, please select from ONE of the TWO poems. Follow the prompt for the one you choose. You will need to use textual support from the poem! You will also need to use the "Prometheus" myth (you have a copy of it in your notebook), or the "Sisyphus" myth in your book (312).

Based upon the prompts, analyze ONE of the following poems.

Analyze Homer’s purpose concerning the use of symbolic meaning and how that meaning offers the reader insight concerning theme (“truth”) in relationship to the poem’s subject. Support your analysis with text.

The Odyssey,
Book XXI, Homer

And I saw the sinner at his endless task
 raising his prodigious stone with both his hands.
With hands and feet he' tried to roll it up to the
top of the hill, but always, just before he could roll
it over on to the other side, its weight would be too
 much for him, and the pitiless stone would come
thundering down again on to the plain” (Homer).

Analyze Byron's purpose in using Prometheus to illustrate the theme of "sacrifice?" Support your analysis with text.

by George Gordon, Lord Byron

Titan! To whose immortal eyes       
The suffering of mortality,
Seen in their sad reality.
Your silent suffering and intense;
The rock, the vulture, and the chain,
All that the proud could feel of pain.

Thy god-like crime was to be kind,
To render with thy precepts less,
The sum of human wretchedness
And strengthen man with his own mind.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday, February 27th, and Wednesday, March 1st

2. You were introduced to Hades!


If I were to ask you to envision Hades, especially now that we have discussed its varying aspects, how would you describe it? This picture is an artist's concept of the entrance to Hades. He clearly DOES NOT know Hades as well as he should. Remember that only a part of Hades was Saturnine, and that of course was Tartarus.

If you missed class today, we discussed the Greek underworld of Hades. Each student received ahandout, which we completed together. I HAVE INCLUDED A COPY OF THE HANDOUT FOR YOU AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST! Several images were shared with you in relationship to the areas we discussed. I have attempted to include some of the images for you below.

1.  Your comparison essay is due on Wednesday!
2. Please read "Orpheus and Eurydice" pg. 107 in your text. This myth illustrate how just Hades actually was.

The following pictures should give you greater insights into some of the aspects we discussed on Tuesday. Please make sure you obtain the information from someone else in class BEFORE you return.

This is the character known as Sisyphus. He was destroyed by Zeus due to his inappropriate sexual behavior. His pushes a boulder up a large mountain in Hades, with the one purpose of pushing it over the top. He is never successful in doing so, as the boulder always comes crashing down on him. This punishment is highly symbolic of the crime, as the rock represents Sisyphus' s sexual desires. He hopes to overcome them, but he he is unsuccessful in doing so.

These women are known as the Danaids. There are fifty of them, and on their wedding night, all but one, murdered her husband by stabbing him in his heart. Their punishment in Hades is to obtain water from the River Styx with the hope of filling Hades' garden pond; however, their jars have holes in the bottom. They were never able to complete the mundane task of filling the pond. This is symbolic of the fact that they took the trivial and mundane away from their husbands; consequently, they are forever cursed with it.

This is Ixion. He attempted to rape Hera. Zeus had him strapped to a wheel of burning fire. This is symbolic of the fact that a rapist will continue to rape unless caught...hence the wheel. The fire on either side is symbolic of the pain the victim feels. Ixion was constantly burned, but never burned away. OUCH!

Tantalus is another sinner in Hades. He murdered his nephew, and then fed his flesh to the gods in the form of a stew. The Olympians were so appalled by Tantalus' behavior that they cemented him within Styx, being cursed with perpetual hunger and thirst. Each time he attempted to drink from Styx the water would move away from him. There are fruit trees hanging above his head, and yet each time he attempted to grab some of the fruit it, too, would move away from him. He is perpetually hungry and thirty. Can you recognize that each punishment is symbolic of its crime!

Students received new vocabulary words associated with characters from Hades. Please make sure you obtain this information from a friend.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Dear Mythology Kids,
Welcome back from your long weekend: I hope you were able to relax!

If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. We "mapped" out the "Modern Day God" Comparison Essay that is due on WEDNESDAY, March 1st. You have the explanation in your notebook under "homework." The handout is pink. In addition to the explanation, there is also a strong example on the back where a study has compared Athena to Machiavelli. Follow this example! THIS ASSIGNMENT IS DUE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1st!

2. We then went to the lab to work on the assignment. Today is the only in-class time that students will received on this assignment!

1. You have a "quest" on Wednesday covering all the myths that we have read/discussed up to this point (Prometheus, Pandora, Arachne, Narcissus, Daphne, and Demeter) and more specific details regarding the Greek Pantheon. Please see the practice quiz below, so you have an idea of what to anticipate.

2. "Modern Day God" comparison paper is due on Wednesday, March 1st. 

Practice Quiz:  
For the following poems, please identify the allusions and then explain what the writer is attempting to convey through using them. 

1. “Come my daughter, loud thundering, bids you.
Come once again to the halls where you shall have honor.
Where you will have your daughter to comfort away your sorrow.
As each year is accomplished as bitter winter is ended.
For a third part only his kingdom shall hold her.
For the rest, you will keep her, you and the happy immortals.
Peace now, give men life which comes alone from your giving.
She shall return.”
Hamilton, Edith. Mythology: Timless Tales of Gods and Hereos. Penguine. Puclisher.

2. ‘”Love, could I see you lean to kiss
Your laughting double in the glassy stream.”
Terrance, Georgiana. Cmplete Works of Oscar Wild. “La Belle Gabrielle.” Seneca Publishing. Co.