Monday, May 21, 2018

Your FINAL exam!

Dear Mythology Kids,
It's nice to "see" you again. Let me offer some "study guidance" for your final exam. Please know, as I have mentioned before, that it is fair, but studying will only benefit your end result.

1. Be familiar with different examples of irony found with both The Iliad and The Odyssey.
2. Be familiar with Penelope and her importance as a character within The Odyssey.
3. Be familiar with Cassandra and the irony associated with her character.
4.Consider examples for the "truth" of '"Appearance and Reality are not the same thing" for The Odyssey.
5. Be familiar with the climax for The Iliad.
6. Consider the importance of women within The Odyssey.
7. Be familiar with the concept that "gifts from enemies never offer a positive result."

I hope this helps!
I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday! I am so proud of you!

Big Hugs,

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Creation Practice Quest

Complete  the Practice Quiz

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. At this point in the Creation Myth, identify an explanatory element 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,yet; there are symbolic elements already present the Creation myth. Please identify and explain one.

We completed the following today in class:

1. Creation Myth (the back side of your yellow handout)

  • 1. polytheistic
  • 2. city-state
  • 3. Aesthetic myth/Explanatory myth
  • 4. Mythology and why?
  • 5. Gaea
  • 6. Uranus
  • 7.. Nyx
  • 10. Pontus
  • 11. Aphrodite
  • 12. Furies
  • 13. Cyclopes
  • 14.100 handed ones
  • 15. Titans
  • 16. Atlas/
  • 17.Prometheus/
  • 18. Epimetheus
  • 21. Cronus
  • 22. Rhea
  • 23. Hestia
  • 24. Hera
  • 25. Demeter
  • 26. Poseidon
  • 27. Hades
  • 28. Zeus
The Key to Success....PREPARATION!

"The Creation Myth"....PRACTICE QUIZ!
1.  The two characters on this Greek vase are married. The female is offering the male something of significance. Explain to me what is taking place here. Why is this event so important?

2.. Identify the three female characters in the drawing. What was their purpose in Greek mythology? Explain their symbolism.

3.  What caused Uranus's fear with these (I know there is only one here) children?

4. Explain the symbolism behind the death of the character lying on his back.

I When I see you on Tuesday., we will review, and then take your quiz. Remember to use the practice quiz as a pre-test. You should put all of your information away while you take the quiz. THIS IS CLEARLY AN INTEGRITY ISSUE ON YOUR PART, my fine young friends. In addition, you should print a copy of the quiz as a word document, and be prepared to bring it with you to class on Wed.. We will review for the quiz by discussing the questions on the practice quiz. If you choose to use flashcards on the quiz , you can use a 1/4 of the ones that you complete. DON'T FORGET to review the information concerning your "history lesson." In addition, you will receive questions from "Tell me a Story" (Front of your yellow handout).


Enjoy your weekend!

The following images depict events within the Greek Creation myth. As you consider your assigned image, please discuss the possible symbolism associated with your image.




Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Dear Mythology Kids,
If you missed class today, I hope that you are not sick, and if you are missing class due to skiing, then have fun! I would like to be on the slopes myself.

This is what we accomplished. Please maked sure you are up to date when I see you again on Wednesday, January 17th. Gees, we are already half way through January.

#1. Everyone submitted their annotations for "WHY IS CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY STILL RELEVANT TODAY?"

#2. We then continued watching the film about the Parthenon; each student recorded 7 points of interest. The YouTube clip is called "Secrets of the Parthenon."

Next we moved on to Sparta. I recommend that you communicate with someone that is in class to obtain the missing notes. We then watched a clip called "A Spartan Boy's Life." As you view this, please make a list of 7 interesting points.

We had a great discussion about both sets of interesting facts, and then the bell rang.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Welcome to Mythology! Thursday and Monday...01/4 and 01/8

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, 3rd, 201*
1. Supplies with five dividers ( assignments, notes, handouts, vocab./mechanics, journal)

HOMEWORK forWednesday, January 10th, 2018 !
2. "What is a Classic? " 
What is a Classic? DUE DATE: 
Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
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!

 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. 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!

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


Friday, December 8, 2017


Now that we have completed THE ILIAD, you should have a greater under standing of the epic's structure and the literary elements, such as IRONY which add meaning to the text. Explain the IRONY within ONE of the included events depicted below. Please offer an explanation as to why IRONY is such an effective literary tool, and what it does to you as the reader in relationship to the chosen image.  You will need to offer some schema for the image that you select. NOTE: Some of the images act as the catalyst for the irony that eventually takes place. 





 Creative Project Questions (answered in class on Tuesday)

1. Why did you select the particular mythological topic as your project's focus?
2. What connection(s) have you made to yourself?
3. What understanding of course content is represented in the project?
4. Comment on your process....Were you actively engaged/involved in creating the project since it was given to you 8 weeks ago? Tell me about your creation and your implementation process.
5. Is the final product your BEST work? Thoroughly explain. What have you done well?
6. Where do you think improvement could have been made?  

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Dear Mythology Kids,

YOU HAVE EXACTLY TWO WEEKS REMAINING IN THE SEMESTER. Hang in there, cute kids. I am here to assist you in any way that you might need; please ask. 

Homework for Friday, December 8th and December 12th, and December 20th:
1. YOUR PROJECT IS DUE ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12th. Please let me know how I can help you.
2. Complete PC #10 (below), but in order to do so you will need to read the remaining section of The Iliad found on pages. 272-276.
3. Anticipate a quiz on Friday in association with IRONY found within The Iliad.
4. Vocabulary Test on Wednesday, December 20th. I will help you, but you need to start prepping now!!

PC #10 I suggest using a piece of paper for this PC, as you'll need more room than a few 3x5 cards can offer you.

Consider the ILIAD'S structure. The war lasts 10 years, but the actually epic begins with the 10th year of the war.
1. WHY do you suppose Homer would begin the epic tale here? Why not start with the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, moving on to the apple, and then to Aphrodiate as "The Fairest?"  Why allude to the past, rather than starting with it?
 The action starts with the argument between Agamemnon and Achilles, then progresses to the battle between Ajax G. and Hector, which ultimately develops into strong veneration between both men. The epic then moves on to Paris and Menelaus's one on one battle, which Aphrodite intervenes in order to save Paris. Achilles continues to mope in his tent over the loss of Briseis, and Patroclus decides he can't stand the monotony of playing backgammon over fighting for the Greeks. Patroclus dons Achilles's armor and returns to the battlefield where he faces Hector, who ultimately kills him. Achilles rages at the news that his best friend/lover is now dead. To relieve his grief which has now turned to vehement outrage, he battles against Hector. Both men are equally matched, but Hector has chosen to wear the armor of Achilles that he confiscated upon Patroclus's death, which has a weakness located at the area of the heart. They fight. Achilles wins, as he knows of the weakness (that's irony for you). Destruction of Hector's body follows. Priam returns to retrieve his son's remains, and then THE ILIAD ends with Hector's funeral. The epic ends with a feeling of retribution and respect. Can retribution and respect  exist in war? 
I have just summarized the epic for you.  
2.What do you notice about each of the primary events outlined for you above? A common motif exists. THINK! What is it? Why would HOMER do this? It is not by chance. 

3.You have "met" the majority of the ILIAD'S characters. Consider the following adage in association with the ones we have discussed in class... "All's Fair in Love and War." you agree/disagree with this statement? How would each of the following characters, Helen, Paris, Aphrodite, Menelaus, Agamemnon, Hector, Achilles, Ajax G., Patroclus, and Priam respond to this statement "All's Fair in Love and War? "  WHY? Justify your response.

We finished with the epic today in class. We have two characters left to discuss, and they play important roles within THE ODYSSEY. Please visit with someone that was present in class, in order to obtain the information that you missed.

I look forward to seeing you on Friday! 


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Take Home Quiz for The Iliad

Take-home Quiz/The Iliad 
Without any type of assistance (no notes, no internet, no conferencing, etc.), thoroughly respond to each image in association with the corresponding questions. The questions are located below ALL of the images.  You are welcome to HAND-WRITE your responses. I TRUST YOU! I know that I am giving you a great deal of  "power" in relationship to assigning this as a "take-home" assessment; therefore, I expect you to venerate yourselves and me by being honest!

I have included a "Name Bank" to assist you with the questions. Some characters you are welcome to refer to in general terms.  Paris, Agamemnon, Menelaus, Helen, Odysseus, Iphigenia, Breseis


Each question correlates to the above images. Please focus on specifics, including names, in your responses. REMEMBER THAT YOUR AUDIENCE HAS NO UNDERSTANDING of THE ILIAD'S PLOT LINE......GO DEEP!

1. Explain the significance of this event.How is it even relevant to The Iliad? Please be aware of the bird carved within the marble.

2. Focus on #2 and #3 for this question: Both events depicted are vitally important regarding schema for the epic poem. Explain why an audience needs to grasp both indicated events. Notice a female character in the top left hand corner of the painting; she has just released an object from her hand.

4. Respond to the following text in relationship to the image, and events associated with The Iliad.
"The oracle warned King Priam and his queen that Alexander would cause great and utter destruction. 

5. I'm confused! Explain this image and then justify WHY it is important for a reader to understand?

 6.. Why is this event important to the epic’s plot line?Focus on characterization within your response.  

7.  This image offers insight into characterization. Explain this image. What do you learn from this part of the story? 

8. This is not Paris taking Helen from Sparta! This event acts a the catalyst for Achilles's behavior throughout most of The Iliad.  Explain why this event is important, and why it occurs in the first place.

Your FINAL exam!

Dear Mythology Kids, It's nice to "see" you again. Let me offer some "study guidance" for your final exam. Please ...