Monday, December 13, 2010

Mosaic Work and Theseus Quiz

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class on Wednesday, December 8th and Friday December 10th, we completed the following:

1. On Wednesday, students took their "caught in the labyrinth" of T.H.S. quiz. If you missed this assessment, I am so sorry, as we had fun. You will need to take the "quintessential" quiz prior to the break.
2. In addition, I reviewed each student's mosaic subject and works citation.

2. On Friday we worked on tracing the mosaic subjects and then we began working on the mosaics.

Cheers,
Crampton

Monday, December 6, 2010

We had a history lesson today concerning Theseus and the Minotaur!

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class, this is what we did:
1. You had a history lesson on the Minoan culture and their connection to the myth of "Theseus and the Minotaur." Please visit with someone in class, concerning this information.
2. You saw several different images associated with the Minoan culture and how certain practices relate to the myth.

HOMEWORK:
1. Please read "Theseus and the Minotaur" pgs. 155-165 for WEDNEDAY.
2. Please read "Daedalus" pgs. 144-145 for WEDNESDAY, as well.
3. YOU QUIZ WILL TAKE PLACE ON WEDNEDAY. You will "be caught in the labyrinth" of T.H.S. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
4. Your chosen mosaic subject and works cited page are due on Wednesday. Please make sure your subject is printed on the mosaic.

Cheers,
Crampton

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Welcome to your Mosaic assignment....

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. I introduced the mosaic assignment to each class today. Originally I had planned to explain the assignment to you on Friday, Dec. 10th; however, several students will be gone for an AP Art History field trip. I realize that some students missed class today, due to other obligations, but more students will be gone on the 10th. I was caught between a "scylla and a charybdis" with this decision. I felt the "lesser of two evils" was to explain the assignment to you today.

What is a mosaic? A piece of artwork that is comprised of many different pieces. Please see the examples of mosaics below.

Why were they so important to the ancient Greeks? They took the subjects from their mythology and literally cemented them into mosaic artwork.

Nemean Lion




Demeter
Medusa



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 11 x 17 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 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8th. This is an assignment! Your transparency is due at the beginning of class on Wednesday. I gave every student a transparency. I suggest google images for a valid location to look for strong images. Mrs. Gull will make your transparency for you in the copy center, PRIOR to WED. SHE CAN NOT MAKE THE TRANSPARENCY FOR YOU ON WEDNESDAY!


•50 points will be given for each day you come prepared to work on your mosaic. You will be given Friday, Dec. 10th, Tuesday,  December 14th and Thursday, December 16th to work on your mosaic in class.

2. We took the quiz concerning "Perseus" in class.

HOMEWORK:
1. Take-home quiz concerning the nine traits of the hero and the interview between Joseph Cambell (mythology expert) and Bill Moyers (NBC corespondent) is due on MONDAY!
2. Mosaic subject on a transparency is due on WED., DEC. 8th.
3. Create a "works cited" page for you mosaic source. If you located your subject from any other source than your mind, then you must reference the source. This is also due on WED.
Have a great weekend, and I look forward to seeing you on Monday.
 
Cheers,
Crampton

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

We completed the 9 Traits of the Hero and Perseus

Dear Mythology Kids,

Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed your break. If you missed class today, we completed the following:

1. Completed our discussion of the nine traits associated with heroes. I have included them for you below:

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.


•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"

•a. They are conceived in an unusual manner

•b. The hero is "born" when they realize that they possess

•4. They are always assisted by a "goddess" (female character)

•5. They marry/associated with 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

ARCHETYPE: This term is important, as you will hear it frequently in Mythology. An archetype is a pattern of traits that characters possess that qualify them as certain character types. For example, characters that possess the traits included above would be qualified as an archetypal hero.

HOMEWORK:
1. Please read "Perseus" pages. 146-154
2. You will have a quiz covering "Perseus" on Thursday.
3. Please review the nine character traits, as you will have a "take-home" quiz given to you on Thursday. The quiz is due on Monday. You will submit your nine-trait sheet and your interview prior to taking the quiz.
4. Please read the article entitled "The Hero's Adventure." Annotate/ Notate 5-8/page/using ALL your colors for Thursday. I have placed several copies of the article outside my room on the bulletin board. This article will be part of your "take-home" quiz.

Friday, November 19, 2010

We completed your presentations today in class...WELL DONE!

Dear Mythology Students,

I am so proud of you! Your presentations have been helpful and thorough in giving your peers schema concerning the "hero myths."


If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. We finished the presentations for the following characters:
              a. Andromeda/Casseopeia
              b. Chrion/Eris
              c. Ganymede/Iris
              d. Cupid/Chimera
              e. Pan/Midas

HOMEWORK:
1. Remember that your Nature Myth Revision is due on Tuesday!
2. QUIZ covering the characters associated with Perseus, Theseus, Achilles and Bellerophon will take place on TUESDAY. Check out the practice quiz below.

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?" _______________(character) ___________ (hero)
4. Because you abandoned my wife, I will make you forget the colors of black and white _____________ (my wife) _____________ (hero)
5. "My love for it is so full of bull." ___________ (associated monster) __________(hero)
6. My son and I are imprisoned in a labyrinth. ________________ (I) _______________ (hero)
7. I excel at creating decoy cows, mazes, and wings. __________( I) ___________(hero)
8. My mother is the guilty party. I am innocent of arrogance towards the gods. __________ (I) _____________ (hero)
9. I taught Achilles the art of warfare. ____________(I) ____________(hero)
10. I helped my true love collect the beauty of Persephone. _____________ (I)
11. I love roller-coasters because I value hanging upside down. __________(I) ____________ (hero)
12. "Nurse" of Contention _____________(nurse) ____________(hero)

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.
Cheers,
Crampton

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Minotaur, Daedalus, Ariadne, Dionysus, Medusa and Graea were discussed today!

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class today, we reviewed the following characters:

1. Minotaur/Daedalus
2. Ariadne/ Dionysus
3. Medusa/Graea

We also took the quiz concerning Odysseus and the characters associated with him.

HOMEWORK:
1. I returned the "Peer Review" assignment for your nature myths. I asked each student to revise their myth based upon the feedback received from their evaluator. This is due on Tuesday, November 23. Please remember to submit your final draft with the peer review.

2. Start reviewing for your quiz covering the characters associated with Perseus, Theseus, Achilles and Belleraphon for TUESDAY, November 23rd.

Monday, November 15, 2010

We completed the characters associated with Odysseus today in class!

Dear Mythology Kids,

I am so proud of your work concerning your presentations! Well done, "young Athenas!"

For those of you that missed class, we completed the following:
1. We took and corrected the quiz concerning "Heracles."
2. We completed the following characters associated with Odysseus:
             a. Circe/Tieriseis
             b. Scylla/Charybdis
             c. Calypso/Sirens

HOMEWORK:
1. QUIZ covering the characters associated with The Odysseys. Please see the practice quiz below.
2. Please read "Glacus and Scylla" pgs. 296-297

PRACTICE QUIZ:


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. " ___________________ (B1 and B2 only)
1o. "Let's see...what animal does your male psyche resemble the most." _____________
11. Comes to her island after the destruction of Odysseus' men. ______________ (B4 only)

I look forward to seeing you on Wed.
Cheers,
Crampton

Thursday, November 11, 2010

We completed the "characters" associated with Hercules today in class!

Dear Mythology Kids,

I am so proud of those that presented concerning Heracles; 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, Thursday, November 11th we discussed the following characters associated with Heracles.....Nessus/Geryon/ Hebe/ Muses. In order to be prepared for the quiz on Monday, I would contact a friend that is currently in Mythology, or learn more about the characters through research. We also started our discussion concerning characters associated with Odysseus (Lotus-eaters/Laestragonians/Polyphemus/Aelous).
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Practice Quiz covering "Characters 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) _______________.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

We started with the Lesser Gods and the Monsters associated with Heracles today!

Dear Mythology Kids,

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 Thursday. If you missed class then you are responsible for obtaining the handouts from your peers.


HOMEWORK:
1. Please remember to evaluate the nature myth that was given to you last week. Remember to include 5-8 notations/page. In addition, don't forget to answer the questions on the bright pink rubric.
This is the order of the presentations:
Heracles/Hercules

1. Eurystheus/Nemean Lion
Nemean Lion






2. Hydra/Boar

3. Cerynian Hind and Stymphalian Birds



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

Odysseus:
8. Lotus-eaters/Laestragonians
9. Polyphemus/Aeolus
10. Circe/Tieresies
11. Scylla/Charybdis
12. Sirens/Calypso

Theseus
13. Minotaur/Daedalus
14. Ariadne/Dionysus
15. Pan/Midas

Perseus
16. Medusa/Grey Witches
17. Andromeda/Casseopeia

Achilles
18. Chiron/Eris
19. Iris/Ganymede
20. Cupid/Chimera

We will continue with Heracles on Thursday. Your QUIZ covering Heracles will take place on Monday, November 15th

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Library on Wednesday and Writing Lab on Friday...

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class on Wednesday, we spent our time researching in the library and completing our "Power Point " Organization" sheet.

If you missed class on Friday, we completed the following:

1. I gave each student who initially submitted a nature myth another student's paper to peer review. The peer review is due on Thursday! Each nature myth had a specific review form attached to it. If you missed class on Friday, please visit with me so I can give you the myth that you will review.

2. We then headed for the computer lab, where students work on developing their power points and handouts. PLEASE REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING for your HOMEWORK:
                 1. Your assignment is due on Tuesday. You will need 36 copies of the handout.
                 2. Your power point needs to be saved to a USB which you will give to me on Tuesday.
                 3. Please come prepared with a solid understanding concerning your characters.

Cheers, cute kids! I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Introduction to the monsters, lesser gods and heroes of Mythology

Dear Mythology Students,

1. You were.iintroduced 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.Depending on your chosen characters, 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 WEDNESDAY. In addition, you need to ANNOTATE (using Orange for B1, B4 and Green for B2) information that is important to the mythological hero associated with your characters.

2. Compile a list of the points you found interesting in association with your characters. Please type the list using MLA format.

3. Please include a works cited page indicating your Internet source(s).

Your assignment is due at the beginning of class on Thursday. We will go to the library so that you can extend your research.

Cheers,
Crampton

Thursday, October 28, 2010

TEST DAY!

Dear Mythology Kids,

Please remember that your EXAM will take place on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28th! When you come to class you should have the following with you:

1. Your completed review (typed or handwritten) If you missed class, the review is available to you on the blog.
2. Your completed flashcard (1 side)
3. Your mind prepared and ready to implement your newly learned knowledge!

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

Cheers,
Crampton.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Final Exam Explained...

Dear Mythology Students,

If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. I explained the structure of the Final Exam, which will occur on Thursday, October 29th.
I have included a copy of the review below. Please read the instructions!

REVIEW #1

Mythology Exam

I ask that you complete the following review, as doing so will give you insight regarding areas where you need to spend additional time concerning your review. In essence, you can use the review as a pre-test. Answer the questions without using your handouts or book. If you need assistance with certain questions, then you know that those particular questions need greater review. PLEASE USE A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER, as you don’t have adequate space for your responses below. You will submit your review prior to the exam on THURSDAY!

You will see 45 different pieces of artwork. Each drawing, painting, sketch, statue, etc. pertains to the areas of mythology we have discussed this term. I will ask you specific questions about each overhead. For example, you may be asked to “identify the myth illustrated” or “identify the god,” or “explain what is taking place in the image, “ etc. The best way to completely prepare for your exam, is to go through each question below, as some aspect will appear on the test.

I ask that you use ONE SIDE of a 3x5 card to assist you with some aspects that you might find difficult to recall. Yes, this is compulsory, my young friends. It’s call “insurance.” You may not need to use the card, but if you do, then it is available to you. IF YOU DO NOT USE THE CARD, then I will add five points of extra-credit to your exam score. If you use the card then no penalty will apply.

One of my goals as your teacher is for you to apply what we have learned in class to the “real world.” So, if you are watching a film, listening to music spending time in a museum, reading a book, etc, and you see/hear references to mythology, you can identify them without hesitation. All of your exams will be application in nature.

Identify the Roman name, symbol(s) and domain(s) for the following Greek gods:

1. Aphrodite 5. Poseidon 9. Zeus 13. Apollo

2 Demeter 6. Hestia 10. Hephaestus 14. Hades

3. Artemis 7. Hermes 11. Athena

4.Ares 8. Dionysus 12. Hera

NOTE: You need to have strong familiarity regarding the parents of each Olympian, and specifics concerning their births. In addition, you must be aware of relationships that the gods have with each other, and the result(s) of these associations. (Example: Poseidon is disrespectful towards Athena because her gift was chosen over his. Consequently, Medusa as we know her is created. (This, of course, is the abbreviated version).

Please respond using complete sentences:
15. Who are the Furies? Describe their roll, “birth,” and appearance.
16. Who are the rulers of the underworld? (Greek and Roman names, please)
(p.s. please be familiar with the Greek underworld, specifically the sinners associated with Tartarus)
17. Identify the areas of the Greek stage.
18. Identify the importance regarding the Greek chorus.

NOTE: for19= 30. you will need to be familiar with ALL the characters within each myth.
19. Plotline for “Pandora’s Box”
20. “Arachne”
21. “Prometheus”
22. “Demeter and Persephone”
23. “Daphne”
24. “Echo and Narcissus” 25. “Orpheus and Eurydice”
26. “Oedipus”
27. “Antigone”
28. “Io and Prometheus”
29. Creation myth (Aphrodite, Crone, Uranus, Rhea,)
30. “Danaids”

2. We reviewed, took and corrected the "HADES" quiz.
 
HOMEWORK:
1. Please remember that your "Modern Day God" revision is due on Tuesday, October 26th
2. Start working on your review for the final exam

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Welcome to Hades!

Dear Mythology Kids,




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.


If you missed class on Friday, October 20th, we discussed the Greek underworld of Hades. Each student received an orange 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.


HOMEWORK:


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. You will have a QUIZ covering HADES on Friday, October 22nd

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. 20th)

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.
12. _____________ is the Greek goddess of Justice.


PRACTICE QUIZ:
1. Why would an individual drink from the pool of Lethe?
2. Why would an individual drink from the pool of Mnemosyne?
3. Explain the concept regarding "male domination" concerning Elysium.
4. How does one reach Hades?
5. Why is the obolus significant to the Greek underworld?
6. Who "lives" in Tartaurs? Why is the word "live" an oxymoron? (I know that the occupants are dead, but think on a symbolic level0.
7. Who occupies the Asphodel Fields?
8. Identify the sin associated with the Danaids? Identify their punishment.
9. Identify Ixion. Identify his punishment.
10. Identify Sisyphus. Identify his punishment.
11. Identify Tantalus. Identify his punishment.
12. Indicate an example that proves Hades as rhadamanthine.
13. Identify the three judges in the underworld.
14. What is mean by a "cracked character?

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday. Have a safe weekend!

Cheers,

Crampton

Monday, October 18, 2010

Completion of "Oedipus" and Greek Drama Quiz......

Dear Mythology Kids,

Welcome back from Fall Break! If you missed class today, Monday, 18th , we completed the following:

1. I returned your "Modern Day God" paper. The revision for this assignment is due on Tuesday, October 26th. The essays were quite clever regarding the connections made to modern individuals; however, most students had problems with supporting their connections. When you return, please visit with me so I can return your essay to you.

2. I gave each student introductory information regarding Hades. Please read the handout and annotate/notate it with 10-12 annotations/notations. I have placed some extra copies of it outside my room; it is light green in color. For those of you that missed class, this terminology will seem strange; consequently, you will need to visit with me prior to class on Wed. The annotation and notation colors are different for each class. If you can't see me prior to Wednesday, then please visit with a friend from YOUR CLASS!

3. Your Nature Myth Part 2 is due on Friday. Please remember that you need a rough draft and TWO COPIES of your First Draft for Friday.

4. We completed your "Oedipus" and "Greek Theater" quiz. If you missed class, then you will need to use some Flex-time to complete the quiz.


DON'T MISS CLASS ON WEDNESDAY, as we begin our discussion on HADES!

FLEX SCHEDULE for October 18-22
Tuesday: Mythology
Wednesday: English
Thursday: Humanities
Friday: Mythology

Cheers,
Crampton

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Your Nature Myth is due on Friday, October 22nd

Dear Mythology Kids,

I hope you enjoy your "Fall Break." If you missed class today, we completed the following:

1. Your "Nature Myth" assignment was introduced to you. Your rough draft and first draft are both due on Friday, October 22nd. WORK ON YOUR ASSIGNMENT OVER THE BREAK, as you will be busy with other aspects upon your return. Please see me on Wed., so that I can give you the information for your assignment. I will also include several copies of the explanation outside the door. I'm sorry but I'm having difficulties with including the assignment as as PDF.

2. We then reviewed for the quiz covering "Oedipus," "Antigone," and Greek theater. The "Antigone" portion of your quiz was completed and corrected in class. We then went to the lab, where we began completing the "Oedipus" and Greek drama portions of the quiz. WE DID NOT FINISH IN CLASS, so students saved their responses to their student numbers, and we will continue with the quiz on the Monday that you return.

Take Care,
Crampton

Friday, October 8, 2010

ANTIGONE, the courageous daughter of OEDIPUS, was introduced to you today!



If you missed class on Friday, October 8th we accomplished the following:



1. I introduced the myth of "ANTIGONE" (pg. 273). MAKE SURE YOU READ THE MYTH! "Antigone" is the companion piece to "Oedipus." It is the myth of what happens to Oedipus after he blinds himself and is banished from Thebes. Antigone is the oldest female child of Oedipus and Jocata. We read the myth in class, and then started reading the play "Anitgone" by Sophocles together. We did not finish reading in class, so make sure you have read the blue copy of the play by Tuesday.  YOU WILL HAVE A QUIZ OVER "ANTIGONE" ON TUESDAY. It was originally written as a myth, and then retold as a drama by Sophocles.  It is a story about doing what is honorable and just, even when you are the only individual who has the courage to behave with such fortitude. Please make sure you are familiar with the characters of Creon, Haemon, Antigone, Etoecles, Polynieces, and Ismene for your quiz.
 
2.  We viewed a clip from Oedipus performed by the London Shakespeare Company. I shared this with everyone as a review.
 
3. We then proceeded to read the "Antigone" myth, followed by the dramatic version of the myth.
 
4. Everyone submitted their plot maps. I can't wait to read them!
 
HOMEWORK:
1YOUR QUIZ covering "Oedipus," Greek theater and "Antigone" will take place on TUESDAY. PLEASE STUDY for your quiz. Yes, you are welcome to make flashcards.
 
PART 1 of TUESDAY'S QUIZ:
The literary tool of irony is significant to the plot of "Oedipus." As part of your quiz on Thursday, you will respond to ONE of FOUR quotes. I will ask that you explain the irony of the chosen question in relationship to the plot of Oedipus. Your response must be thorough. Responding with, "This section is ironic because Oedipus does not realize Laius is his father," is not detailed enough. You will need to explain ALL the circumstances behind the quote that you "pull from the bag." You will not be able to use your textbook or notes for the quiz. This is why you must READ YOUR MYTH, my fine young friends! You do have access to the questions, as they are below, and you can consider a strong response for each one.

1. "He left his home, Corinth, where he was held to be the son of the king, Polybus, and the reason for his self exile was another Delphic oracle. Apollo had declared that he was fated to kill his father."

2. "...whoever had murdered King Laius must be punished. Oedipus was relieved. Surely the man or men could be found after all these years, and they should know well how to punish him."

3. He spoke to his people..."Let no one of this land give him shelter. Bar him from your homes, as one defiled, companioned by pollution. And solemnly I pray, may he who killed wear out his life in evil, being evil."
4. "No one suffered more than Oedipus. He regard himself as the father of the whole state; the people in it were his children; the misery of each one was his too."

PART 2 of TUESDAY'S QUIZ:
1. You will be given a list of word associated with Greek theater. Your quiz will require that you explain Greek drama using the list of words that you select. The best way to prepare for this portion of your quiz is to MAKE FLASHCARD!

PRACTICE QUIZ for "ANTIGONE"
Instructions: Please identify the speaker or character referenced by the BOLD text.

1.You consider it right for a man of my years experience to go to school to a boy?
2. His bride in the house of the dead.
3. "You will grant me this..... one wish to bury my body in Thebes. I wish to always be a part of the land I love."
4. Which laws were stronger, those of morality or politics? For her, there was no question."
5. "You can't do that! It would be against the law. I don't have the strength to help you."
6. "Double the watch ! I want to find out who dared disobey me."
7."IT is not right if I am wrong, But if I am young, and right, what does my age matter?"
8. "I beg you, do not be unchangeable."
9. "This last flower of Oedipus' line drank the sunlight! Yet now a passionate word and a handful of dust have closed up all its beauty."
10."Before the sun sets this day, you shall pay twice. Yes, there will be two more corpse in return for one! And their blood will be on your hands."


I will look forward to seeing you on Thursday! Please don't miss class!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

GREEK DRAMA for today, October 6th, 2010!

Dear Mythology Kids,


IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY....


If you missed class today, please make sure you read  the myth of "Oedipus" located on pages. 268-273 in your textbook. You will have a QUIZ over the myth and Greek drama on Tuesday, October 11th! PLEASE READ THE MYTH! What we do in class on Friday is important concerning your schema regarding "Oedipus." This is a valuable piece of literature, as it was originally written as a narrative, and then transformed to a play by Sophocles. It also contains the literary element of IRONY, which adds to the plot line.

This image depicts a theater troupe performing "Oedipus Rex. " Oedipus is in the middle, and the Greek chorus is surrounding him.

We reviewed the three different types of IRONY today in class.
1. Dramatic Irony: This occurs when the audience is aware of specific information that characters are not.
2. Irony of Situation or Situational Irony: This occurs when the outcome of a literary work turns out differently than what the audience originally anticipated.
3. Verbal Irony: This occurs when a characters means the opposite of what they say.

We completed your handout regarding Greek Theater. Please visit with someone in class.





Ancient Greek theater mask. The Greeks used masks to help indicated emotion and the type of drama being performed. This image depicts a TRAGIC mask.

HOMEWORK:

1. Please read "Oedipus" on pages 268-272
2. PLOT MAP is due on Friday.
3. Your quiz on Greek Theater will take place on Tuesday, October 12th.

 



Monday, October 4, 2010

GREEK DRAMA was introduced to you today, oh, and the THRONES were submitted!

Dear Mythology Kids,

I think your THRONES are so clever and I look forward to interviewing you about your design choices. Please note that I will "INVITE" you to FLEX over the next two weeks in order to discuss and review your thrones.

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I introduced the myth of "Oedipus" to you today (Monday, October 4th) as a catalyst for understanding Greek Drama. I have included some additional images below from those I shared with you class. This myth is extremely significant, as it illustrates the ancient Greeks desire and ability to take their myths and transfer them to the genre of drama.

1. You were introduced to TWO VOCABULARY WORDS: Saturnine and Hermetically
Please visit with someone in class regarding the definition and etymology for each word.

2. We started our discussion regarding GREEK DRAMA. You can obtain a copy of the handout when you return to class.

HOMEWORK:
1. Please read the myth entited "Dionysus and Semele." Please obtain a copy when you return to class.
2. The plot map for your myth is due on Friday, October 8th.













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.







HOMEWORK:

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!

Cheers,

Crampton

Posted by Crampton at 11:35 AM

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.



Cheers,

Crampton

Posted by Crampton at 8:17 PM

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!

"LUCK FAVORS THE MIND THAT IS PREPARED!"

-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 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,

Crampton







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.

Crampton





































Posted by Crampton at 11:35 AM

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!

Cheers,

KCrampton

Posted by Crampton at 11:57 AM

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

YOUR NATURE MYTHS WERE DUE TODAY...WEDNEDAY, OCTOBER 14th



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!





WHAT DID WE DO IN CLASS TODAY?





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.





B1





GROUP #1













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







GROUP #3













•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





B2







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





B4







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.















Posted by Crampton at 11:39 AM

Monday, October 12, 2009

YOUR NATURE MYTH IS DUE ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14th, 2009



Greek Drama.....Your turn is quickly approaching!



Dear Mythology Students,



1. We took a quiz covering the information that we discussed last week regarding the fundamentals of Greek drama. If you missed class, please be prepared to take this quiz upon your return.











2. We then read a portion of "Antigone" by Sophocles.









3. Remember that you will have a quiz covering "Antigone" on Wednesday. If you missed class, then I would read the myth in your textbook. It is located on page 273. Please be familiar with the characters of Antigone, Ismene, Polyneices, Etocles, Creon and Haimon







4. Please DON'T MISS CLASS on WEDNESDAY, as your Nature Myth is due!





PRACTICE QUIZ for "ANTIGONE"

Instructions: Please identify the speaker or character referenced by the BOLD text.





1.You consider it right for a man of my years experience to go to school to a boy?





2. His bride in the house of the dead.





3. "You will grant me this..... one wish to bury my body in Thebes. I wish to always be a part of the land I love."





4. Which laws were stronger, those of morality or politics? For her, there was no question."





5. "You can't do that! It would be against the law. I don't have the strength to help you."





6. "Double the watch ! I want to find out who dared disobey me."





7."IT is not right if I am wrong, But if I am young, and right, what does my age matter?"





8. "I beg you, do not be unchangeable."





9. "This last flower of Oedipus' line drank the sunlight! Yet now a passionate word and a handful of dust have closed up all its beauty."





10."Before the sun sets this day, you shall pay twice. Yes, there will be two more corpse in return for one! And their blood will be on your hands."





Cheers,

Crampton















I look forward to seeing you soon!

Posted by Crampton at 3:09 PM

Sunday, October 11, 2009

YOUR NATURE MYTH IS DUE ON WEDESDAY, OCTOBER 14th, 2009







If you missed class on Thursday, October 8th we accomplished the following:

1. We completed our discussion of Greek drama. YOU WILL HAVE A QUIZ COVERING THIS INFORMATION ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 12th. The best way to prepare for the quiz is to familiarize yourself with the information on your handout. For your quiz you will be given 10 words associated with Greek drama. You will then need to explain Greek drama using those words in a well constructed paragraph.

2. I introduced the myth of "ANTIGONE" (pg. 273) on Thursday. "Antigone" is the companion piece to "Oedipus." It is the myth of what happens to Oedipus after he blinds himself and is banished from Thebes. Antigone is the oldest female child of Oedipus and Jocata. I gave each student a copy of the myth to read as homework. I also requested that they read the myth found within their text. YOU WILL HAVE A QUIZ OVER "ANTIGONE" ON WEDNESDAY. It was originally written as a myth, and then retold as a drama by Sophocles. We will read a section of the drama in class on Monday. It is a story about doing what is honorable and just, even when you are the only individual who has the courage to behave with such fortitude.

3. Please remember that your Nature Myth is due on Wednesday, October 14th. You must bring your rough draft to class on the due date; it should be corrected and include a signature. In addition, please remember to bring TWO COPIES of your FIRST DRAFT (the corrected rough draft) to class on WEDNESDAY.

Posted by Crampton at 3:46 PM

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Oedipus Complex...Yikes!



Dear Mythology Kids,
I introduced the myth of "Oedipus" to you today (Tuesday, October 6th) as a catalyst for understanding Greek Drama. I have included some additional images below from those I shared with you class. This myth is extremely significant, as it illustrates the ancient Greeks desire and ability to take their myths and transfer them to the genre of drama.

Oedipus in his quest to solve the "riddle of the sphinx."



Oedipus with his two daughters, Ismene and Antigone.

We started out dicussion on Greek drama today.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Quiz, "Melody Time," and "Why Birds Molt".......

Dear Mythology Kids,

We completed the following:

1. Submitted our "take-home" quizzes.
2. Took the quiz covering the following nature myths: "Daphne," "Narcissus," "Prometheus and Io," and "Arachne"
3. We then completed Journal #2 entitled "Melody Time." Students watched a cartoon regarding the legendary character Pecos Bill and then identify several nature myth aspects found within the clip.
4. We then reviewed a strong example of a nature myth...."Why birds molt!"

HOMEWORK:
1. Your throne is due on Monday.
2. Nature Myth Part 1 is also due on Monday!

Cheers,
Crampton

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

QUIZ covering the Nature Myths on Thursday!

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class on Tuesday, September 28th, we completed the following:

1. Nature Part 1 was introduced to the students. In essence, I am asking you to start thinking about your own nature myth; consequently, you need to create your own god. Please see me so I can give you a copy of Nature Myth part 1
2. We read another nature myth entitled "Prometheus and Io" (pgs. 78-81). Please read the myth for your quiz on Thursday.
3. Everyone submitted
4. THRONE is due on Monday!
5. Nature Myth Part 1 is also due on Monday!

HOMEWORK:
1. Take-home quiz is due on Thursday.
2. In-class quiz covering "Daphne," "Arachne," "Narcissus" and "Prometheus and Io"
3. Start considering the points surround "Nature Myth Part 1"
4. THRONE IS DUE ON MONDAY!

Cheers,
Crampton

Thursday, September 23, 2010

It's only "natural"....... We read and discussed several nature myths today!

Dearest Mythology Students,

I'm sorry that you  missed class! If you are ill, please take care of yourself, if  you decided to "avoid" class, then YOU ARE GOING TO HADES WITHOUT AN OBOLUS! SHAME ON YOU, my young friends!

We completed the following:
1. Journal #1 entitle "Hope"
              Please consider the following quote by Freidrich Nietzsche. "Hope is the worst of all       evils, because it prolongs the torment of man."  "Talk" to me about this. Do you agree or disagree with Nietzsche? Explain why? Possibly you see his point of view, but you also view "hope" as a positive entity, as well. Please support your opinion with a personal example.

2. We read several nature myths in class...."Narcissus," "Arachne," "Daphne" (found in your book on page 119),  and "Clytie" (page 305 in book). If you missed class, please read these myths. "Narcissus" and "Arachne" can both be found in your textbook, so even though you did not receive the versions I gave to everyone in class, you may use your text as a "back up" for those myths.

3. We had a "guest" come to class. I hope you enjoyed learning more about "Rosie."

. FOR HOMEWORK:
1. Please read "Demeter and Persephone" ( I gave everyone a copy of this myth). It won't work as a PDF, so I have left several copies outside my room on the bulletin board.
2. Please read "Demeter" (located on pgs. 50-55) in your book.
          Note: Both #1 and #2 are the same myth; yet, they have some distinct differences
3. QUIZ on TUESDAY covering "Prometheus," "Pandora," and "Demeter and Persephone." Your quiz is a "take-home" quiz. Make sure you have your myths to exchange for the quiz.
4. Remember your "Modern Day God" assignment is due on TUESDAY!
5. Remember your Throne Assignment is due on October 4th.

Enjoy your weekend; I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!
Cheers,
Crampton

Sunday, September 19, 2010

If you missed class on Monday, September 20th....SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!

Dear Mythology Kids,

I miss you so much when you are not in class. Please work on always attending, unless of course, you are incredibly ill...then stay home!

1. Presented information on the following gods. Please obtain the information from someone else in class.

Hephaestus
Artemis
Apollo
Hermes
Aphrodite and Ares

2. Please make sure you obtain the information that was presented in class, as your QUIZ on Wednesday will pertain to more detailed information concerning the gods.

3. Students were given a new assignment entitled "Modern Day God" assignment. Please visit with me about this if you have questions.  The due date is Tuesday, September 28th.
 Instructions for "Modern Day God" Assignment:

1.Through our class discussions, each student should have a greater understanding concerning the Olympians. Please select ONE Olympian and connect him/her to an individual from past or present society. The god you select does not need to be the same one you research regarding your “Handout” assignment.
2.All of the god's attributes do not need to be obvious in relationship to the individual chosen for connection; however, you must be able to relate at least one (obviously) attribute that both possess. Please go beyond the obvious, by focusing on intrinsic characters rather than appearance.
3.In order to obtain enough information regarding your chosen connection, you will need to complete some research. Please note the citation examples below concerning a book or Internet source.

 
BOOK: Carter, Joseph. The Life of Mark Twain. Scott Foreman, Pub., New York, NY.


                        1989.


INTERNET: William, Jacob. “Mark Twain.” The Mark Twain No One Knew. August



                             17th, 2001. September 11, 2008.



                             http://coned.ceu.edu/authors/19thcentury.org

4.Please begin your response by indicating the connection between the god and your chosen individual (Introduction). Your next paragraph needs to indicate aspects concerning the god (Body Paragraph #1). The third paragraph will focus on the individual chosen for comparison (Body Paragraph #2). Finally, your fourth paragraph will justify why you elected to compare the two characters (Conclusion)

5.Please use ACADEMIC VOICE for your response.
6.MLA Format regarding structure and citations also needs to be used. Double space your response, using Times New Roman print, and 12 point font.
7. Please incorporate an image of your “modern day” comparison in your paper.


May the power of Athena and Hephaestus be with you, my young friends!


Let me know if you need any assistance.




Instructions: Please select the god that BEST fits each description. You will need to identify the character with both Greek and Roman names. For some questions you will need to justify your response. Some gods may be used more than once.

1. Venerate, Vigil, Valuable, Vigilante, Volume, Viscous...I love words that begin with the letter V. ______________/______________ (both Greek and Roman names)
2. I would make an excellent "shop" teacher. ______________/___________
3. I have a PhD in Statistics. __________/______________
4. I am "President Obama" of the Olympians. _____________/____________
5. I directed a documentary film on master thieves. ___________/____________
6. I would do well working in a floral shop, as the buds would always bloom.

_____________/_______________
7. War of the Worlds is my favorite film. ____________/___________
8. I always "hit my mark." __________/_____________
9. I am responsible for desecrating a temple. ____________/_____________
10. Justify your response for #9 ____________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________
11. A trick was played to woo me, so "love can not live where there is no trust." ______/_____
12. Justify your response for #11. ____________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________
13. I failed to ask my wife's mother for her hand in "marriage." _________/_________
14. "Make me the most beautiful land animal." __________/____________

Good luck with the practice quiz.
I will see you on Wednesday!
Cheers, Crampton
PRACTICE QUIZ

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

If you missed class on Tuesday, September 14th....

Dear Mythology Students,


If you missed class on Tuesday, September 14th we did the following:

1. Took practice quiz covering the 13 Olympians
2. Took actual quiz covering the 13 Olympians
3. Corrected quiz
4. Started obtaining additional information on all the gods. We completed Zeus, Hera and Athena. When you return to class, you will need to obtain the GREEN handout which is where we are recording the additional information about the gods. The following information was discussed for each:



Zeus

  • 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)
  • shapeshifts 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
Hera

  • 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.
  • Hera renews her virginity every year by bathing in the River Evenes.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.
I look forward to seeing you on Thursday.
Cheers,
Crampton
Posted by Crampton at 3:29 PM



Friday, September 10, 2010

If you missed class on Friday, September 10th......

Dear Mythology Kids,

STOP MISSING CLASS, my fine young friends!


For those of you that missed class on Friday, September 10th, we completed the following:


1. We corrected "The Creation" quiz.

2.  Each student submitted one copy of "The Handout" assignment, along with a copy of the additional source they used in order to obtain information about their god. The other copy was used in class.

4. Students worked in groups compiling the information they obtain about their god.  We will share this information on TUESDAY!


PRACTICE QUIZ for "The Olympians" NOTE: I did not find an image of Hades that I felt was "accurate." Please be aware of this when taking your quiz. Good Luck.....



For each image, please identify the Greek and Roman names, the other symbols not present in the image, and all of the god's domains. Please follow this structure for your responses.



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Monday, October 9th, 2017

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