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!

Your FINAL exam!

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