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.

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

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 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.

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.

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

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 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.

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).

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.

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. 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.


. 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.