Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mosaic Work is on-going......

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you have missed class, we have been working on our mosaics! You have also received some new vocabulary words.

  • Rhadamanthine
  • Mnemonic
  • Stygian
  • Cupidity
  • Stygian
  • Cupidity

Sorry, I'm not going to give you the definitions or etymologies. You'll need to collect those from someone in class, or use a dictionary. Wow, that's a novel idea (wink).



Tuesday, December 8, 2009

MYTH in the form of ART...Mosaics!

Nemean Lion



Dear Mythology Classes,
I look forward to seeing the subjects you have chosen for your mosaics. For those of you that missed class on Tuesday, we completed the following:
1. Introduction of your "Mosaic Assignment"
  • Your mosaic must be at least 10 x 13 in size
  • The subject may be any aspect associated with our study of Classical Mythology (gods, lesser gods, heroes, monsters, and specific myths and their characters)
  • You need to be passionate about your selection.
  • If you elect to draw the subject, extra-credit will be given
  • If your mosaic is larger than the required size, extra-credit will be given
  • Choose a subject for your mosaic and have an overhead transparency prepared of the subject for Thursday. This is an assignment! Your transparency is due at the beginning of class on Thursday.
  • 50 points will be given for each day you come prepared to work on your mosaic. You will be given Monday, December 14th, Wednesday, December 16th and Friday, December 18th to work on your mosaic in class.

2. Everyone present submitted the second draft of their "Underworld" Assignment

3. We completed our quiz covering "Perseus."


  1. "Nature Myth Revision" is due on Monday, December 14th
  2. Please be prepared for a QUIZ on Thursday covering the NINE TRAITS of a HERO and the interview entitled "THE HERO'S JOURNEY"
  3. Transparency of mosaic subject is due on Thursday
  4. Works Citation indicating where you found the subject for your mosaic subject is due on Thursday. This needs to be typed, as you will submit it to me.




  1. You will be asked to identify the nine traits of a hero. You will be given two pieces of text from the myths of "Heracles" and "Theseus," where you will need to identify at least two of the nine traits located within each section of text.
  2. Regarding the article...Please focus on the following aspects: Why are there so many stories involving heroes? Heroes experience two types of deeds...identify and explain them. Why are women and children considered heroic? Please be familiar with the term "PATHOS," and its significance to the Greek heroes.

I hope this helps! I look forward to seeing you on Thursday!


K. Crampton

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Heroes of Classical Mythology....Oh, and don'[t miss class!

Dear Mythology Classes,

If you missed class on Friday, December 4th, you missed the following:

1. We completed a Journal #3 entitled "Hero." I asked the following:
  • Define the term hero (in your words). What specific qualities, in your opinion, does a hero possess? Identify individuals that you consider heroic, and then tell me why?
2. We discussed the journal entry! The qualities possessed by "your"heroes are much different from those of our Greek heroes. Heroes in ancient Greek were given this title because they experienced what is known as PATHOS, or in other words, they suffered more than other individuals. Through their suffering they became stronger.

3. Each hero possesses NINE TRAITS:
  • 1. They are flawed.
  • 2. They experience PATHOS, or they suffer more than the average person
  • 3. They are "Born" : There are two types of "births"
  • 1. They are conceived in an unusual manner
  • 2. The hero is "born" when they realize that they possess
  • abilities beyond the normal range of human achievement
  • 4. They are always assisted by a "goddess" (female character)
  • 5. They marry someone that causes them great pain and anguish
  • 6. They experience what is known as an "IGNITION EVENT." This event is usually, but not always, tragic. It causes them to "ignite" into action.
  • 7. They are faced with physical and emotional challenges.
  • 8. Through these challenges they become enlightened (more knowledgeable/physically and emotionally stronger)
  • 9. Their deaths are usually violent.
  • NOTE: Heroes experience at least 6 out of the 9 qualities


  1. Please remember that your "UNDERWORLD 2nd DRAFT" is due on Tuesday, December 8th!
  2. Please read "Perseus" pg. 146 in your textbook
  3. You wil have a quiz covering "Perseus" on Tuesday, December 8th!
  4. Please read "The Hero's Journey" given to you in class. This is an interview between mythology expert, Joseph Campbell, and Mill Moyers, a corespondent for NBC NEWS.
  5. Review the 9 TRAITS of a hero. If you missed class and did not receive a copy, I will place several copies of the interview outside my door.
  6. You will have a quiz over #4 and #5(above) on Thursday, December 10th!


Instructions: Please answer the questions in association with the bold section of text.

  • Acrisius journeyed to Delphi to ask the Oracle's assistance. What she told him was worse than what he had anticipated.
  • 1. What is his purpose in going to Delphi?
  • 2. What news does the Oracle give him?

  • As she sat there through the long days and hours with nothing to do, nothing to see except the clouds moving by overhead, something strange happened
  • 3. Okay, so explain this text to could an individual only see the "clouds moving overhead."
  • 4. What is the "strange happending?"

  • "He wanted her, but he did not want her son, so he set out a way to destroy him."
  • 5. Identify the "he" (general response is fine).
  • 6. Identify the "her" (proper noun, please)
  • 7. Identify the "son", and explain "the way to destroy him."

  • "This radiant personage told him that before he attacked her he must first be properly equipped. What he needed was in the possession of the Nymphs of the North, and to find them he must first speak to the aged ones."
  • 8. Identify the "radiant personage."
  • 9. What does "properly equipped" mean? Basically, what do the Nymphs of the North offer him?
  • 10. Explain and identify "aged ones."

  • "'Look into this when you attack the Gorgon," she said. '"
  • 11. Identify the "this" in the above quote.
  • 12. Identify who is speaking (she)?

Enjoy your weekend!



Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Well done on your presentations!

Dear Mythology Classes,

I am so proud of you, as each student and/or partnership did well on their presentation. We completed the presentations today in class. Your quiz on Friday, will cover ALL the characters associated with Odysseus. Please note the list below:

  • Lotus Eaters/Polyphemus
  • Aeolus/Laestragonians
  • Circe/Sirens
  • Scylla/Charbydis
  • Tieresias/Calypso
  • Telemachus/Penelope
  • Ganymede/Iris (for B1 only)


1. Please read the myth entitled "Glaucus and Scylla" pg. 296 in your textbook.

2. Prepare for a quiz covering the characters associated with Odysseus.

3. I returned the "peer reviews" for your "Underworld Assignments" today in class. The second draft for your "Underworld" is due on Tuesday, Dec. 8th. If you missed class today (Wednesday), please remember to collect your paper upon your return!


1. "Drugs, enjoy them while they last." ______________
2. "Let's eat human kabobs for dinner. "______________
3. Odysseus and his crew helped themselves to my stores of cheese and milk.____________
4. "Do not eat the cattle of the sun god, Helios." _________________
5. God of the winds. _______________
6. We are "dying" to hear their song. __________________
7. My friend and I have a habit of not keeping our boyfriends for long. I've had six in the last few days, and she's had so many that I've lost count (any order).
7. ________________________ 8. _____________________
9. "You will set him free, or your little island will find itself at the bottom of Poseidon's sea. " ___________________

10. Next to Athena and Arachne, I am an exceptional weaver._________________

11. "I've waited 20 years to meet you." ____________

12. "Let's see...what animal does your male psyche resemble the most." _____________

13. In exchange for me, Zeus gave my father horses that could run on water. _______________ (B1 Only)

14. Female messenger to the gods. _________________ (B1 Only)

I will look forward to seeing you on FRIDAY!

Cheers, Crampton

Monday, November 30, 2009

WELCOME BACK! I hope you enjoyed your break!

Dear Mythology Classes,

We continued our presentations today. The following characters were presented:
  • Lotus-Eaters/Polyphemus
  • Aeolus/Laestragonians
  • Circe/Sirens


1. Please read "Cupid and Psyche" pg. 96 (on quiz)

2. Please read "Midas" pgs. 292-293 (on quiz)

3. Please read "Daedalus" pgs. 144-145 (on quiz)

4. You will have a quiz on Wed.covering the following characters:

  • Minotaur/Daedalus
  • Ariadne/Pan/Midas
  • Medusa/Graea or Grey Witches
  • Andromeda/Casseopeia
  • Eris/Eros
  • Chiron/Muses

Your "practice quiz" is below. Please identify the BEST character from the given prompt and the hero associated with each.


1. We have never known the benefits of youth. _____________ (we) ____________(hero)
2. I "own" a cement company. ____________ (I) ________________ (hero
3. "Do you need some thread for your shoe?" _______________ ___________ (hero)
4. Because you abandoned my wife, I will make you forget the colors of black and white _____________ (wife) _____________ (hero)
5. "My love for it is so full of bull." ___________ (associated monster) __________(hero)
6. I am kept in a labyrinth. ________________ (I) _______________ (hero)
7. My love, Shrinx, will always remain close to my lips. _____________ (my)

8. I excel at creating decoy cows, mazes, and wings. __________( I) ___________(hero)

9. My mother is the guilty party. I am innocent of arrogance towards the gods. __________ (I) _____________ (hero)

10. We have taught many students how to "sing and dance." ____________ (we)

11. I taught Achilles the art of warfare. ____________(I) ____________(hero)

12. I helped my true love collect the beauty of Persephone. _____________ (I)

13. I love roller-coasters because I value hanging upside down. __________(I) ____________ (hero)

14. "Nurse" of Contention _____________(nurse) ____________(hero)

I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.



Monday, November 23, 2009

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!

Dear Mythology Kids,

I am so proud of you! Your presentations are progressing quite well. If you missed class today, Monday, November 23rd, we learned more about the following characters:

  • Andromeda/Casseopeia
  • Eris/Eros
  • Chiron/Muses

PLEASE NOTE: When you return on Monday, November 30th, the characters associated with Odysseus will be our focus. You will have a QUIZ on Wednesday, December 2nd covering the characters associated with Perseus, Theseus and Achilles. The following characters will be the focus for your quiz.

  • Minotaur/Daedalus
  • Pan/Midas/Ariadne
  • Medusa/Grey Witches
  • Andromeda/Casseopeia
  • Eris/Eros
  • Chiron/Muses

I will post a practice quiz over Thanksgiving break!



Thursday, November 19, 2009

QUIZ covering the characters associated with Heracles.....

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class today, we completed the following:
1. Reviewed for the quiz by correcting the "practice quiz."
2. Completed and corrected the quiz concerning the characters associated with Heracles.
3. Presentations concerning the following characters:
  • Ariadne/Pan/Midas

  • Ariadne helping Theseus escape with the ball of twine.

    Pan, god of the woodlands, playing the Shrinx.

    Midas, the king with the "gift" of golden touch.

  • Medusa and the Graea (Grey Witches)

Graea, or Grey Witches, sisters to Medusa.


Just a side note....Sierra and Celeste attempted to show B1 a clip from the Clash of the Titans re-make; however, the clip didn't work due to the block on YouTube. I suggest watching the movie clip at home. It contains a strong interpretation of Medusa!


1. I gave each student, that was present, an "Underworld" assignment to review for Monday. If you missed class on Thursday, please stop by my room after school on Friday in order to obtain your peer review. THIS ASSIGNMENT IS DUE ON MONDAY, NOV. 23rd!



Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Presentations Continued......The Labors of Heracles....

The Labors of Heracles....

Dear Mythology Kids,
I am so proud of those that have presented; you have clearly done your research! In preparation for your quiz on Thursday, I have included a "practice quiz" for you below.

For those of you you missed class today, Tuesday, November 17th, we discussed the following monsters associated with Heracles. In order to be prepared for the quiz on Tuesday, I would contact a friend that is currently in Mythology, or learn more about the characters through research. You have your handouts covering the characters, as well. THE MINOTAUR and DAEDALUS were also discussed, but these characters WILL NOT appear on Thursday's quiz.

1. Man-Eating Mares of Diomedes
2. Amazons (Girdle of Hippolyta)
5. Hesperides/ Ladon
7. Nessus
8. Hebe

Practice Quiz covering "Monsters associated with Heracles"
1."Stop acting so juvenile." _____________/_____________ (she has a Roman name)
2. "My car was stuck in the snow." _______________
3. We hate the sound of baby rattles. _______________
4. French, German, Latin, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Turkish, Arabic...the list could reach 100. __________________
5. While at the beach, a crab bit my heel (labor). ______________
6. "Hey, boss, you taste like chicken." ______________
7. Apollo is our master . ______________
8. Golden horns and bronze hooves _____________
9. Apples are a precious gift that must always be guarded ______________
10. "What a beautiful fur coat you have."
"Thank-you, it's made of steal." _________________
11."I would have gladly given him my belt." __________________
12. "Love Potion" ____________
13. Foul Fowls ________________
14. Third and immortal wife of Heracles_____________/_____________
15. My blood is toxic _____________
16. I am suffering from cancer (labor) _______________.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Presentations began today......

This is an image of the Nemean Lion, the first labor of Heracles.

Dear Mythology Students,

We began our presentations today! Each group distributed their handout to every class member, and the Powerpoint Presentations were given to me. I will return your jump drives on Tuesday. If you missed class then you are responsible for obtaining the handouts from your peers.

This is the order of the presentations:

1. Eurystheus/Nemean Lion

2. Hydra/Boar

3. Cerynian Hind/Stymphalian Birds

4. Man-eating mares of Diomedes/Geryon
5. Amazons/Herperides/Ladon
6. Nessus/Hebe

7. Minotaur/Daedalus
8. Ariadne/Pan/Midas

9. Medusa/Graea or Grey Witches
10. Andromeda/Casseopeia

11. Eris/Eros
12. Chiron/Muses

13. Lotus-Eaters/Polyphemus
14. Laestragonians/Aeolus
15. Circe/Sirens
16. Scylla/Charybdis
17. Tieresis/Calypso
18. Penelope/Telemachus

The following characters were presented today:

1. Eurystheus/Nemean Lion
2. Hydra/Boar
3. Hind/Stymphalian Birds
I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class today, we completed the following:

1. Submitted our "Underworld" assignment, both the written portion and the diagram. If you missed class, then you may submit both parts of the assignment on Friday with your HOMEWORK COUPON included. There are no exceptions to this, as you have known about the "Underworld" assignment for a week an a half. If you no longer have your coupon, then you will have to accept a zero!

2. We then headed for the computer lab, where we completed POWER POINTS for the assigned characters. The server was down, so creating the websites was difficult; consequently, we developed POWER POINTS as an alternative. YOU MUST SAVE YOUR POWER POINT to a travel drive, as you will submit it to me on Friday. Remember that you need to include two images of each character on your presentation, and that you must also include your Works Cited information on the POWER POINT. There are no exceptions to this expectation.

3. In addition, you must have your 33 handouts ready to distribute to each class member on Friday. Your handout needs to include one image of each character, and your works cited information. Remember to follow the example I gave you in class. I am happy to make the copies for you, but I need them BEFORE 2:30 tomorrow (Thursday). There are no exceptions to this expectation.

Please let me know if I can assist you in any way. Our e-mail address is!

Monday, November 9, 2009

RESEARCH DAY for your characters......

The Power of RESEARCH!

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class on Thursday, we spent the majority of our time in the library researching the particular characters that were assigned to you last Thursday. If you were not in class, then you need to make sure you have the following for Wednesday

.1. The information you are going to use for your website must be written down on one piece of paper. The students that were present today (Monday), were given an "outline" of how they are to record their information. I would prefer that you use the same format; however, under the circumstances, you will not have this handout. So, use a blank sheet of paper, divide it vertically, and record the information about one character in the left column and the other character in the right column.

2. You should also select the images you want to include on your web page to help us. Please select these pictures through "Google Images," and record the URLs for each image on "your" outline. You must include the URLs in your Work Cited, so you might as well record them here, too.

3. Remember that you need to have a total of SIX SOURCES (two from the Internet, and then four from book sources). I am also requiring that you record ALL of your works cited information on your "outline," as it needs to be posted on your website, which we will create in class on WEDNESDAY

.4. ALL of your information needs to be recorded in ONE LOCATION! I will check this off when I see you in class on Wednesday.

5. Let me know if you have any questions. You can reach me via e-mail at


1. Remember that your "Underworld" is due on Wednesday. You will need THREE copies of the written portion. Your diagram is also due on Wednesday.


Obtain the information for these words via the INTERNET!

I will visit with you on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Lesser Gods and Monsters of Mythology

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class today we completed the following:

1. We took and corrected our "Hades" quiz
2. Introduced to a research assignment regarding the lesser gods and monsters of Mythology.
Note: Each student selected TWO characters that are their research subjects.

1. Your "Underworld" assignment is due on Wednesday, November 11th.

a. You will submit three copies of the written portion (seven paragraphs elaborating on your sins and your final paragraph discussing your Elysium)

b. Your diagram is also due on Wednesday. Remember that you need to have an image of the punishment and an image of the sin. You need to identify each sin and the punishment you have assigned to the sin.

2. Depending on the characters that you research, each student will locate information at home via the Internet. Please DO NOT USE Wikipedia as a source. I would suggest ENCYCLOPEDIA MYTHICA as a stronger option. Some students elected to work with a partner, while others want to work independently. Which ever choice was made, two characters are the focus for the research. PLEASE PRINT OFF the INTERNET sources that you found useful in providing information about your characters. I will look at your Internet sources on Monday. In addition, you need to HIGHLIGHT information that is important to the mythological hero associated with your characters.

The following images depict characters and/or monsters that will be researched.

The monster known as Scylla

The lovers, Cupid and Psyche

The deadly Sirens...avoid their song!

The Minotaur

Heracles fighting the Nemean Lion

Happy Researching!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Completion of "Hades," quiz covering "Orpheus and Eurydice," and "Creating Your Own Underworld".......

If you missed class on Tuesday, November 3rd....

I think this picture of Charon and a "guest" is so appropriate. The shade holds several coins in her hands while Charon obtains one from her mouth; she was clearly aware of the need for preparation.

Imagine the nature of your dreams if they were sent to you by "this" Morpheus!

Dear Mythology Students,
If you missed class today, we completed the following:

1. We completed a quiz regarding the myth entitled "Orpheus and Eurydice"
2. Nature Myths were submitted.
3. "Creating Your Own Underworld" assignment was explained.

1. Your quiz covering Hades will take place on Thursday.
3. Your "Creating Your Own Underworld" is due on Wed., Nov 11. Both the diagram and the written portion are due on the 11th.

1. Please review the four significant sinners (Tantalus, Sisyphus, Danaids, Ixion) that we discussed last Friday! You will see images of each sinner(s), asked to identify them by name, crime, punishment, and the symbolism behind their punishment. Review the previous post for assistance with this.
2. You will be given quotes from pieces of literature that allude to individuals and locations within Hades. Review your grey handout regarding the following:
a. The Fates (names!)
b. Themis
c. Minos, Rhadamanthese, and Aeucus
d. Somnus and Morpheus.
e. Elysium
f. Asphodel Fields
g. Tartarush
h. Charon.
i. Cerberus

"Creating Your Own Underworld" Assignment

If you missed class today, you were introduced to a new assignment entitled "Creating your own Underworld."

For your underworld assignment, I am asking you to consider your value system, and then devise punishments, just as Dante has done in his Inferno, and the Greeks have done for the sinners in Tartarus, that are symbolic of the crime. I have included some images below of Dante's Inferno.

This image depicts the nine levels of Dante's Underworld.

This image depicts those that committed suicide. Dante felt that because they had not valued their human form while living, they would therefore be turned to trees.

The following example was submitted several years ago by a previous student.
He placed those that COMPLAIN at the top of his Inferno. I have included this example for you to follow. Notice that you must indicate the sin, why you consider it to be a sin, a suitable/ punishment, and then why the punishment is symbolic of the crime. Just as the Greeks devised suitable punishments for their criminals, your punishments need to be symbolic as well. Your punishments are not to be sadistic, and you can not punish the sin with the sin.
You will have seven paragraphs, each one pertaining to a different sin. Your eighth paragraph should be an explanation of your Elysium.

Wesley's Well of Woes
Circle 1: Complainers/Pessimists: The individuals at the top of my “well of woes” are those that never seem to be happy. They moan and complain about tasks that are part of life, and simply must be completed. They also enjoy starting arguments, purely to witness a flight. Due to this, they remind me of the Greek god Ares. They are cowards, just as Ares, who have no concept of self-respect. They not only disrespect themselves, but those that are around them. I have included them in my “well,” because I feel they “infect” their “sin” upon other people without considering anyone but themselves. I also find that they waste so much time complaining, rather than using their time in a constructive manner.
PUNISHMENT: These sinners will be required to make lemonade for eternity. This will not only be a boring task, but a painful one as well, because they will have paper cuts over their finger tips. This punishment fits the crime. These sinners were unable to find anything positive about their existence; consequently, they will be required to take lemons, which are sour and bitter, as they chose to be while alive, into lemonade, which is sweet and refreshing. The paper cuts are symbolic of the many times they moaned or were negative about living, now while they make lemonade, they will be reminded of their sour and painful attitudes.
Let me know if you any questions!

Friday, October 30, 2009


If you missed class on Friday, October 30th....

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.

Dear Mythology Students,
If you missed class on Friday, October 30th, we discussed the Greek underworld of Hades. Each student received a grey handout, which we completed together. I HAVE INCLUDED A COPY OF THE HANDOUT FOR YOU AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST! Several overheads were shared with you in relationship to the areas we discussed. I have attempted to include some of the images for you below.

1. Please read the myth of "Orpheus and Eurydice" located on pg. 107 in your textbook. This myth illustrates how just Hades was concerning those that entered his domain.
2. Please read the myth of the "Danaids" located on pg. 295 in your textbook. This myth pertains to one group of sinners within Hades.
3. Please read "Tantalus" pg. 348-the top paragraph on 349
4. You will have a QUIZ covering the myth of "Orpheus and Eurydice" on Tuesday, Nov. 3rd.
5. You will have a QUIZ covering HADES on Thursday, Nov. 5th
The following pictures should give you greater insights into some of the aspects we discussed on Friday. 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' 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!
THE GREEK UNDERWORLD (handout given on Friday, Oct. 30th)
1. The rulers of the underworld are _________ and his queen _________.

2. The ferryman is called __________________ and he must receive an _________ in order for the dead to cross the River Styx. The coin is placed under the _________ of the deceased.

3. The three most significant rivers in Hades are:
a. The River ______ is the river of the “unbreakable oaths.”
b. The River ________ is the river of the “forgetfulness.”
c. The river Mnemosyne is the “pool of ____________.”

4. The dog __________ guards the gates, and its most distinctive physical feature is ____________________.

5. When ghosts first arrive in Hades, they are taken to the judges of the dead to be tried according to the deeds during life. They are called __________________, ____________________ and _______________.

6. ________________ is the goddess of justice. She determines if the punishments are fair.

7. There are three areas of the underworld:
a. ____________ where people are sent who ______________________________ ________________________________________________________________
b. _____________ for those who lived ___________________________________ _________________________________________________________________
c. _______________ for those who could not _______________________________ __________________________________________________________________

8. A significant motif of mythological stories is justice: defining what is right and wrong and deciding how sinners should be punished. The Greeks were extremely imaginative in punishing those they considered guilty. There are four individuals who have eternal punishment due to their actions on earth.

a. The Danaids:

b. Sisyphus:

c. Tantalus:

d. Ixion:

9. From the surface of the earth, how does one find the entrance to Hades?

10. The FATES determine the length of one’s life. _________________ weaves the thread; the “disposer of lots,” ____________ gives each man their destiny; the most feared is ____________, as she cuts the thread and your life along with it.

11. The god of sleep, ___________________ and the god of dreams, ______________ belong to the retinue of Hades.
I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday. Have a safe weekend!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Exam #1

Dear Mythology Kids,

I am so proud of you! I have reviewed your exams and you did SO WELL! As I mentioned on Wednesday, look what you know now that you did not know before!

For those of you that missed the exam, I will hold a "make-up" session on Tuesday during lunch and after school! IT IS COMPULSORY that you attend if you missed the exam. This is the best time for me to administer the exam again!

We begin with the "Greek Underworld" on Friday; I look foward to seeing you then.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

7 a.m. REVIEW SESSION....Monday, October 26th

Don't forget to attend the 7 a.m. review session on Monday, October 26th. If I'm the only individual in my room on Monday at 7 a.m., then "HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE KORI CRAMPTON SCORNED!" Ha

"Luck favors the mind that is prepared."

Hello, Mythology Students,

The above quote is by Louis Pasteur. If you aren't familiar with Pasteur he was the French scientist credited with identifying the science of Microbiology. He also discovered a cure for Rabies. He clearly was a clever gentleman, and I would agree that his quote has merit!
-Louis Pasteur-
Are you PREPARING for your exam? I hope that you have made the choice to complete your review and now you are looking at the example questions that I have included on the blog. If so I am proud of you. I have no doubt that you will you succeed on the test. Good luck on the following set of images.

1. What is being depicted in this ancient sketch. You should mention the male
and female by name.

2. Identify this lovely lady. The fruit she is holding is a strong clue as to her identity.

3. What is taking place in this sketch. In your response, you will need to identify the female character.

4. Who is this Greek god (Greek and Roman names, please).

5. I LOVE THIS PAINTING, because I feel the artist truly captures the emotion behind this myth. Identify the three individuals in this image; two are female, one is a male. Notice that the male is carrying one of the females, and that the other female has her arms stretched out, as if she is anxiously anticipating the second female's return.

6. Identify this Greek god (Greek and Roman names, please).

7. Who is this character? Please include both Greek and Roman names. What were his domains?

8. Identify the human character in this sketch (Greek and Roman names, please).

9. Who is this Greek god? In addition, explain the myth concerning the symbol depicted behind her.

10. What is this? Identify the characters associated with this symbol and in what capacity. How is this ancient symbol relevant to people living in the 21st century?

I will look forward to seeing you on MONDAY (at 7 a.m.)!
Best Wishes,

11. Identify this character. Explain why he is in this unfortunate circumstance.

12. Identify this god (Greek and Roman names, please.)

13. Don't you think this is a fabulous stamp! You are familiar with the character on the right of the stamp; please identify him. The other character's name is Marsays, and we have not yet extensively discussed him.

14. Identify this character, and then explain her story. You should mention two gods in your response, one is a male the other female.

15. Please explain the creation of the horse. This horse does not have wings. You should mention two gods in your response.

MORE TO COME.........

I am happy to give you extra-credit if you choose to "take on" the role of a Greek character we have studied as your Halloween persona. Take a picture, and then send me a copy of it; it's that simple. If you need some ideas, please feel free to ask me....happy creating!

This is your third section of images.

16.Identify this Greek character.

17.Explain what has just taken place in the above sculpture. You should mention two characters by name (use Greek and Roman).

18. Identify the primary Greek/Roman Character in the above sculpture.

19. This would not have been a pleasant experience for the women in the painting. Who are these two individuals? Why is this event taking place? In your response you should mention a female character that is not present.

20. Who is this character?
I will post another set of images on Monday!
Enjoy your weekend.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Practive Time....

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class today (Tuesday, October 20th) , we accomplished the following:

1. If you submitted your nature myth last week, then you were given another paper to edit for MONDAY, OCTOBER 26th. Each paper was accompanied by a rubic; the rubic indicates questions that you will answer concerning the myth you were asked to edit. Not only are you required to answer the questions on the rubric, but you must also give comments and suggestions on the actual myth.

2. We reviewed some problems with punctuation dialogue. I gave each student the following example, and then asked them to correct it!

“Cruel unkind world, where have you hidden my child?”

Her voice echoed up into Mount Olympus and into the ears of Helius, God of the Sun. He had watched Demeter for the past few days and decided that it was time to relieve the goddess of her suffering.
“Dearest Demeter, I have watched your anguish for days, and I can see your grief. Your brother, Zeus, has made an agreement with Hades that Persephone may be his companion. She has been taken to his kingdom. If you should blame anyone, lay your blame on him.” Demeter stared at the Sun in silence before her anger erupted.
“How dare he! Trade our daughter over to Hades without my permission!” she quietly thanked Helius before going back to Earth. “He didn’t wish to share the news of his trade, then I won’t share the news of the Earth’s infertility.”

Corrected Example:

“Cruel unkind world, where have you hidden my child?”

Her voice echoed up into Mount Olympus and into the ears of Helius, God of the Sun. He had watched Demeter for the past few days and decided that it was time to relieve the goddess of her suffering. “Dearest Demeter, I have watched your anguish for days, and I can see your grief. Your brother, Zeus, has made an agreement with Hades that Persephone may be his companion. She has been taken to his kingdom. If you should blame anyone, lay your blame on him.”

Demeter stared at the Sun in silence before her anger erupted. “How dare he trade our daughter over to Hades without my permission!”
She quietly thanked Helius before going back to Earth. “He didn’t wish to share the news of his trade, then I won’t share the news of the Earth’s infertility.”

Remember that the introductory text needs to be included with the dialogue.

3. We also discussed the difference between "showing" and "telling" in writing. I can give you the handout on this when you return.

4. WE PRACTICED OUR NATURE MYTHS. The performance is scheduled for Monday, October 26th.

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


It is now your turn to be on a "Greek" stage!

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you were not in class today, then you have a problem! Your myth and rough draft were both due today! You have ONE OPTION:

1. Submit the rough draft and two copies of your myth on MONDAY WITH YOUR HOMEWORK COUPON! I will not accept your myth without the coupon, as your assignment was due during class. Yes, I know that Monday is an A day, but I need your myth in order for you to complete the next assignment associated with your Nature Myth. This new assignment will be explained and given on Tuesday! I NEED YOUR MYTH PRIOR TO TUESDAY!


1. New vocabulary word: MERCURIAL=Quick to change (often used to describe personality); etymology refers to Mercury (Hermes) who is recognized for his hyperactive nature; synonyms: inconstant, variable, volatile, moody

2. Completed "Antigone" Quiz/ Please prepare to take this quiz upon your return

NATURE MYTH Part 3 Explained

As you know, Sophocles was the greatest of Greek tragedians. He was recognized by the people of Athens as a "master," and Homer even referred to him as the "greatest man." Both accolades make sense because he was able to affect people with his choice of words.
In essence you have been asked to do the same for your nature myth performances. I realize that we may not weep, but more likely laugh when we see you present your myths, but the concept of taking a myth and developing it into a form of drama is a valuable experience for you. Remember that this was one of the ways that the ancient Greeks shared their myths with others.

Upon completion of the "Antigone" quiz, "Nature Myth Part 3" was introduced to you. Each student is working in a group, and each group has selected a nature myth from a member in that group, to perform as their nature myth. I have listed the groups below, so that you are aware of the individuals you will be working with on Tuesday, the 20th and Thursday, the 22th. Remember that your performances will take place on Monday, the 26th.

Please bring a flat sheet (yes, as in bed sheet) to class on Tuesday. Twin sheets are not large enough for any stature.



  • Tiffany, Chris, Rachel, Suzie, Tyler W., Tanner, Tori


  • Melissa, Sierra, Kalee, Colten (daisy), Michelle, Kim, Nichole

Group #4

  • Samantha, Tyler A., Braden Lillie, Jonny, Andrew, Kynia

Group #5

  • Rebekah, Hannah, Hyrum, Ceri, Celeste, Jake

Group #6

  • Mandy, Kacee, Lisa, Braden Lanham, Aushel, Alysha


Group #1

  • Shae, Victor, Spencer, Morgan, Lexin, Jordan W.

Group #3

  • Carson, Jenni, Daniel, Cody, Lillie, Beatriz, Kaitlyn

Group #4

  • Laura, Olivia, Kirsten, Cody, Jeff, Cortney

Group #5

  • Richie, Karlie, Tanner, Derek, Bradyn, Carrie

Group #6

  • Chelsea, Devin, Brittany, Eric, Casey, Jordan G., Kristen


Group #1 Camlyn, Andy, Megan, Brittany, Kelly, Ashley, Shelby.

Group #2 Cody, Katie M., Miranda, Jen, Amy, Sheree.

Group #3 Vienne, Brooke, Jeff, Kendra, Tyson A., Natalie Batty.

Group #4 Disloved and Abolished

Group #5 Carmen, Janae, Elisa, Emily, Jori, Natalie Border.

Group #6 Eric, Jacob, Thad, Katie, Taylor, Allen, Alyssa.

Your FINAL exam!

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