Thursday, September 21, 2017

September 20th, 2017

Dear Mythology Students,
Please remember to have your book with you each class period. If you missed class today, we completed the following:

PC #8 
Identify each god with his/her Greek and Roman name, the symbols that ARE NOT PRESENT, and ALL OF the GOD’S DOMAINS.  Use the handout entitled “Journal #1/#2”
 to record your responses.



2. Student then completed information regarding Demeter, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, and Hermes. Please communicate with a peer regarding the information for the above gods.

1. YOUR TEST regarding the Pantheon will take place on WEDNESDAY.
2. The test is fair, but it involves a significant amount of information. Your homework for Monday is to prove that you studied. You might make flashcards. Or you could choose to have a study group and record the session (make sure its at least an hour). Please make sure you send the recording to my e-mail ( You could also create a graphic organizer that helps you remember the gods. YOU DECIDE HOW YOU WILL PREPARE. I just need to know that you have spent some time doing so.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday, September 19th

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you were absent on Tuesday, we completed the following:

1. Students were given the text, and then we went to the library for "check-out." If you missed class, please stop by so I can give you a copy of the book. YOU WILL  NEED IT FROM NOW ON!

2. We then completed PC #6
Please consider the following three images...... Thoroughly xplain the myth depicted in each of the following images.  The first image indicates TWO gods, please make sure you indicate both in your re-telling. 

Image #1
 Image #2


  • Athena
  • Zeus swallowed Athena's mother, Metis, because an oracle had informed Zeus that if Metis birthed a son that child would overthrow his father. Zeus felt that he could not risk this, so he swallowed Metis. Athena grew within her father, until one day he experience a terrible headache. Hephaestus, the God of Inventions, sliced open Zeus' head and Athena was born wearing full battle armour and holding a shield and spear.
  • Athena values mankind. She taught them how to create tools, use numbers, create nets, weaving and ships.
  • Athena expected mankind to give gratitude to the gods of Olympus. If they were disrespectful, she punished them. She turns a mortal woman names Arachne into a spider because she failed to thank Athena for her gift. In addition, she said that she was a better weaver than Athena.
  • Athena and Poseidon both wanted Attica as their city-state. The people decided they would select their patron god based upon a gift they offered the people. Athena gave the people an Olive Tree, and Poseidon gave the people a spring of salt water. The people selected Athena as their patron deity; consequently, Poseidon detested Athena.


God of Wealth (precious metals found within the earth)
You must pay to enter his domain with a coin (obolus)
Three levels...people are judged based upon HOW THEY LIVED THEIR LIFE
Just/Rhadamanthine....concept of ethics
Cerberus....three headed dog
Steals Persephone and she becomes "Queen of the Underworld"
Persephone spends three months of the year (winter) with Hades and the remaining months she is with her mother ...Persephone eats four pomegranate seeds confining her to the realm of the dead


Goddess of the Harvest
When her daughter Persephone is stolen by Hades, Demeter refuses to let anything grow
Zeus requests that she Persephone be returned to her mother
Demeter rarely lost her temper
Horse is created for her by Poseidon

Sunday, September 17, 2017

September 10 th, 12th,18th

Dear Mythology Kids,
I hope you had a wonderful weekend; I look forward to hearing about it on Tuesday.

STOP MISSING CLASS, and if you do, then advocate for yourself. 

The Quest was returned to each student. We discussed the value and importance of integrity. Students then added their points in order to obtain a final score, and then resubmitted their assessment.

1. We then started our discussion regarding the Greek Pantheon (all the gods). Students were given the Greek, Roman, Symbols, and Domains for Zeus, Hera, and Poseidon. I have included the additional information for the gods that were covered on Friday, but the basic information (names, symbols, and domains) needs to be obtained from a peer. Please transfer the information offered to you below to the handout in your "note" section that has 12 different boxes on it, each with an image of one god.

This information is ESSENTIAL, as the gods are the foundational unit to the myths. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU GET WHAT YOU MISSED!

  • Zeus transforms into a cuckoo bird. Hera loves animals, and finds a "cuckoo bird" outside her window trapped in a storm. She brings the bird to her breast and states, "I will love you forever, cuckoo bird, and I swear by the River Styx that I will honor this vow." At this point, Zeus returned to his true form, raped Hera, and told her that she had to honor her vow by marrying him. If you swore by Styx your oath could not be broken.
  • She loves animals.
  • Hephaestus is her son without a father (in some versions) Hera was angry that Zeus had given birth to Athena without the assistance of a mother, so she gave birth to Hephaestus without a father. He was born ugly and unshapen, so she cast him off Mt. Olympus.
  • Due to Zeus' affairs, Hera takes her anger and frustrations out on Zeus' lovers and children

  • God of the Seas
  • Created the horse to woo  his sister, Demeter. In the process created all the "misfit" animals (zebra, giraffe, hippo, donkey, etc.)
  • Gave the horse to Demeter and created the sea horse for himself
  • Earthquakes
  • Loved his domain due to the secrets he could keep in it
  • Had sex with Medusa in Athena's temple; this angered the goddess. To revenge this wrong, Athena turned Medusa into a GORGON. Medusa was punished for Poseidon's wrong, but Poseidon punished significantly for it.
  • Known for his beautiful smile
  • Easily angered 
  • Highly venerated due to the Greeks being sea faring

  • controls all aspects of the weather
  • tricks Hera into marrying him by transforming into a cuckoo bird
  • Hera is his second wife
  • Metis is his first wife (she is the mother to Athena)
  • shape shifts into animals in order to woe women
  • has numerous affairs
  • Just
  • has difficulties in making decisions
  • god of athletes/athletic events were held in his honor/wore "crown" of oak leaves
  • Punishes Prometheus for creating mankind 
NONE! Just make sure you are in class on Tuesday. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Welcome to September....Tuesday, September 5th/7th, 2017

Dear Mythology Kids,

1. We completed the Creation myth associated with the Greeks. It is the most significant story, as it explains how the gods came into existence. Please make sure you communicate with someone, as the myth is BIZARRE. Have your "choice," explain the information to you. DO NOT TAKE THE HANDOUT and simply COPY IT!.

2. Even if you missed class, I still expect you to be prepared for class on Thursday Please communicate with someone else in class! Go to the Internet and look up "Greek Creation Myth," in order to obtain assistance!
PC #4
1. Without looking at your flow chart, please explain the Creation Myth....Begin with, "In the beginning, " and go up to where we finished in class on Thursday.
2. Identify examples of the idea that "Chaos creates order" and that "Order creates Chaos" within the Creation Myth. Offer two examples from the myth. You are welcome to use the flow chart for this section of the PC.

THURSDAY, September 7th, 2017

Practice Quiz for Greek Creation Myth
“Let’s review, my young friends.”
1.   1.   “The Greek Creation Myth is intensely masculine and crude.”
Prove the above quote! Offer an example from what you have been introduced to so far for the above text.
2.       2. One needs to give the ancient Greeks credit for their creative approach in explaining what they could not understand. Identify at least FOUR explanatory elements which you found CLEVER!
3.      3.  Symbolism is used as a continuous literary tool in strong writing. The Greeks LOVED using symbolism to make their audience THINK HARDER! We have only just begun! There are symbolic elements throughout the Creation myth. Please identify and explain two.
NOTE: If you choose to create flashcards for the characters associated with the Creation Myth, then you are welcome to use 1/4 of the cards on your QUIZ covering the Creation Myth. EACH POINT must be PLACED on ONE CARD.


  • 1. Polytheistic/Pagan
  • 2. city-state
  • 3. Aesthetic myth/Explanatory myth
  • 4. Mythology and why?
  • 5. Gaea
  • 6. Uranus
  • 7.. Nyx
  • 8.
  • 9. Eros
  • 10. Aphrodite
  • 11. Furies
  • 12. Cyclopes
  • 13.100 handed ones
  • 14. Titans
  • 15.
  • 16.
  • 17.
  • 18. Echidna
  • 19. Cronus
  • 20. Rhea
  • 21. Hestia
  • 22. Hera
  • 23. Demeter
  • 24. Poseidon
  • 25. Hades
  • 26. Zeus
The Key to Success....PREPARATION

August 29th/31st, 2017

Dear Mythology Students,
I hope you had a great weekend!

If you missed class, we completed the following.....
1. Students were introduced to a unique ANNOTATING/NOTATING METHOD using COLORS. Please see my notes below, and then I suggest communicating with a friend that was in class on FRIDAY! Ask them to explain the NOTATION portion of your assignment. Each student was give an article called WHY MYTHOLOGY IS STILL RELEVANT TODAY. They then annotated/notated the article using the colors. If you missed class, please communicate with one of your peers.
  • If you  find a section of text confusing then you would underline it using BROWN.
  • If you are able to make a connection to your own life then you would underline that section of text using your PURPLE.
  • Another way to annotate is by asking QUESTIONS about the text. RED is the color you will use for this annotation.
  • If text gives you a different perspective then GREEN is your annotation color.
  • ORANGE is the color you will use if you come across text that you find interesting
  • YELLOW (i'm using black here, so you can SEE IT).....if you come across a vocab word that you do not know, then underline it using YELLOW!    
2.PC #3 Students were then asked to annotate/notate the article WHY MYTHOLOGY IS RELEVANT TODAY . This was done purely as a practice. Students were then asked to keep the article in the vocab./mechanics section of the notebook.
3. Students were then introduced to the following terms. Please communicate with a peer.
  • Mythology
  • Explanatory Myth
  • Aesthetic Myth
  • Oral Tradition
  • Homer
 4. WE BEGAN "THE CREATION MYTH!" This story is the beginning for all the other myths. PLEASE COMMUNICATE with a friend or a student in your group. There is no logic with this story. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

August 25th, 2017

Dear Mythology Students,
If you missed class, we completed the following:
1. Students were given PC #2. After our brief introduction to the word "CLASSICAL" during our last class period, consider the following images, and explain why or why not these examples are classic? 
Note: You are welcome to complete the "pocket cards" if you miss class; however, you must submit the card on the next school day following the day missed. Each card is worth 5 points.

2. We then discussed why/why note the two examples are considered "classic." This was done in order to guide students with the "What is a Classic" assignment due on Tuesday.

3. We then completed the Disclosure Document. If you missed class, please go through it. I will hold you accountable for the information.

4. Students were then introduced to a brief "history" lesson regarding the ancient Greeks. We discussed their brilliance and their ability to create. Images were shown to help illustrate these points, and students recorded the information on the the PINK MAP, located in the "notes" section of their notebook. PLEASE OBTAIN THE INFORMATION FROM ONE OF YOUR GROUP MEMBERS! Return on Tuesday prepared.

1. "What is a Classic?" is due on Tuesday. Please fastidiously follow the instructions. There is an example on the back of the explanation page that you can follow. 


Monday, August 21, 2017

Welcome to Mythology! August 23, 2017

Dear Mythology Students,

I welcome you to the land of gods and goddesses, where logic does not exist, only the idea that some where in the slime of cosmic confusion order becomes real. Was that poetic? TRANSLATION: Prepare yourself to learn ancient ideas and concepts that are bizarre; yet still relevant and valid in modern times. I welcome you to Mythology.

HOMEWORK for Thursday, 25th, 2017
1. Supplies with five dividers ( assignments, notes, handouts, vocab./mechanics, journal)

HOMEWORK for Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
2. "What is a Classic? " 
What is a Classic? DUE DATE: 
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
Explanation: If something is referred to as "classic," what does that mean? Many times when individuals hear the world "classic," they naturally think of pieces of literature or art, which, of course apply and make sense; however, in addition to literature and art, there are a myriad of other aspects to our culture that could be considered "classic."
Prior to explaining your assignment, allow me to give you some insight into the word "classic." It has been suggested that the Latin root classicus, relates to the "first or highest class or division" in which the Roman people were anciently divided.  These individuals were often spoken of as "classici." So, the word "CLASSIC" could be interpreted to mean "of the first class" or of the highest order. " The meaning is probably best captured by our slang expression, "classy."
So, knowing this little bit of information, what do you consider to be "classic?" 
Assignment: For your assignment, you are to consider the word "classic," and then locate an image of what you to be "classic." There is no "right" or "wrong" answer, as long as you can justify your choice as being "of the highest order." In addition, you need to further justify your choice in writing by answering the following questions in your response.
  1. Identify your "classic " choice.
  2. In your words, what does the term "classic" mean to you?
  3. In a brief paragraph, explain why you consider your choice to be "classic?" Please be specific. A response such as, "Because I like it," is not sufficient!
Finally, in another paragraph , tell me why you think we call the myths of the ancient Greeks and Romans "Classical Mythology?" Why not just call the "myths of Greece and Rome? Or even better, Grecian and Roman Mythology? " We call the myths of China "Chinese Mythology." So, why do you suppose we call the myths of Greece and Rome, "Classical Mythology?"
  1. Please type, double space your response, using 12 pt font, Times New Roman print
  2. Include an image of your chosen "classic example."
  3. Follow the example offered on the explanation handout given to you on Wednesday.
  4. Include your first and last name, my name, period, and date in the upper left corner of your assignment (MLA format) ....DOUBLE SPACE!  

 The Parthenon/Temple to Athena Nike....the structure is a classic example of the lasting influence of the ancient Greeks.
 Warm apple pie and vanilla ice cream
Solitaire Diamond Ring

 First Kiss

I look forward to working with you this year!

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 


September 20th, 2017

Dear Mythology Students, Please remember to have your book with you each class period. If you missed class today, we completed the followi...