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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.


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.

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.


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 followin…

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 &q…

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

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.


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…

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.

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.

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

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


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…

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).

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, Gree…

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.

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:

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

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

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

16. Medusa/Grey Witches
17. Andromeda/Casseopeia

18. C…

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 …

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.


. 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. Pleas…


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!


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!


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 eac…

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.


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 text…

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. You…

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 …

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 qu…

GREEK DRAMA for today, October 6th, 2010!

Dear Mythology Kids,


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 di…

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.


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.

1. Please read the myth entited "Dionysus and Semele." Please obtain a copy when you return …

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!"

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


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!

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"


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 tex…

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.

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 y…

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:


controls all aspects of the weathertricks Hera into marrying him by transforming into a cuckoo birdHera is his second wifeMetis is his first wife (she is the mother to Athena)shapeshifts into animals in order to woe womenhas numerous affairsJusthas difficulties in making decisionsgod of athletes/athletic events were held in his honorHera

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 bre…

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.

1.                      2.