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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.

RhadamanthineMnemonicStygianCupidityStygianCupiditySorry, 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).Cheers,Crampton

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 least10 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 …

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 person3. They are "Born" : There are two types of "births" 1. They are conceived in an unusual manner 2. …

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/PolyphemusAeolus/LaestragoniansCirce/SirensScylla/CharbydisTieresias/CalypsoTelemachus/PenelopeGanymede/Iris (for B1 only)HOMEWORK: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!PRACTICE QUIZ:1. "Drugs, enjoy them while they last." ______________
2. "Let's eat human kabobs for dinner. "______________
3. Odysseus…

WELCOME BACK! I hope you enjoyed your break!

Dear Mythology Classes,

We continued our presentations today. The following characters were presented:
Lotus-Eaters/PolyphemusAeolus/LaestragoniansCirce/SirensHOMEWORK: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/DaedalusAriadne/Pan/MidasMedusa/Graea or Grey WitchesAndromeda/CasseopeiaEris/ErosChiron/MusesYour "practice quiz" is below. Please identify the BEST character from the given prompt and the hero associated with each.PRACTICE QUIZ
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 ________…

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/CasseopeiaEris/ErosChiron/MusesPLEASE 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/DaedalusPan/Midas/AriadneMedusa/Grey WitchesAndromeda/CasseopeiaEris/ErosChiron/MusesI will post a practice quiz over Thanksgiving break!Cheers,Crampton

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 Titansre-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 o…

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…

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.

NONE This is the order of the presentations:
Heracles 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

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

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

Achilles 11. Eris/Eros 12. Chiron/Muses
Odysseus 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…


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 a…

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"…

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. Homework:

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…

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…


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 "Da…

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.


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 theonly 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. Cheers,Crampton

1. What is being depicted in this ancient sketch. You should men…

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…


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…