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Thursday, December 8th, 2011

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.

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 today (December 8th), 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…

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Dear Mythology Kids,

"What did I miss, Crampton?"

1. We reviewed the archetypal traits and any questions students had regarding interview between Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers. Students then submitted their archetypal traits handout and interview to me. I, in turn, gave them their take-home quiz.

2. JOURNAL #4: The Archetypal Hero in Spiderman
Student viewed two clips from the film SPIDERMAN. I asked that students identify the aspects depicted in the film that are valid examples regarding the archetype.

3. Students then started on their quiz regarding Perseus and Bellerophon. We did not complete the quiz in class, so time will be given on Thursday.

•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 …

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class today, we completed the following:

1. We reviewed the practice quiz for Perseus, Achilles, Bellerophone and Theseus. We then tool the actual quiz.

2. We discussed the archetypal Greek hero and the qualities possessed by the hero.

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 a…

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Dear Mythology Kids,

Your presentations were so well done. I appreciate your attention to detail in sharing the information about your particular characters with us! Your practice quiz for Friday's quiz is located below...good luck!
Cheers, Crampton


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 …

Thursday, Nove,ber 17th, 2011

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class, we completed the following characters:
1. Aeolus
2. Circe
3. Tieresis
4. Sirens
5. We started on Scylla and Charybdis
6. We did not complete Calpyso

In order to stay on track, you still need to anticipate a quiz covering the characters associated with Odysseus. Each of you have a copy of the handout, so you have access to the information. I have included a practice quiz for you below.

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 (…

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Dear Mythology Kids,

1.We completed the characters associated with Heracles/Hercules today in class! Your QUIZ covering the characters will take place on THURSDAY, November 17th!

2. We started the characters associated with Odysseus (Lotus-eaters, Polyphemus and the Laestragonias). I would anticipate a quiz covering Odysseus on Monday the 21st!

3. Each student received their peer review concerning their nature myth. Students were asked to revise the myth based upon the suggestions given to them from peers. THE REVISION for their nature myth is due on MONDAY, November 21st!

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 cra…
Dear Mythology Students,
We submitted our power points and handouts regarding your research topics. The presentations commenced and we obtained information for the characters up to the Amazons!

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

Have a wonderful weekend! You have no homework!

November 3rd, 2011

Dear Mythology Kids,

We hung out in the library today. Each individual from the different groups obtain textual sources for their presentations. If you missed class, PLEASE stop by so you can pick up the handout you will need for our homework assignment. You will need to visit the library on your own.

1. Please annotate/notate the information you photocopy today in the library. You should locate to textual sources from the library, make a photocopy of each, and then annotate/notate using ORANGE/ 5-7!

2. Please complete the "PowerPoint Organizational Format" sheet for the monster that you are specifically working on for your group. The completion needs to include all the works cited information for your textual sources, and the slides that will encompass your particular character.

Have a great weekend,

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Dear Mythology Kids-HAPPY NOVEMBER 1st, cute kids!

If you missed class......YIKES! "What did I miss, Crampton.'
"Oh, let's see...EVERYTHING!"

Introduction to the monsters, lesser gods and heroes of Mythology Dear Mythology Students,

1. You were introduced to a research assignment regarding the lesser gods and monsters of Mythology.

Note: Each student selected TWO-FOUR 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 wanted to work independently. Which ever choice was made, two-four characters are the focus for the research. PLEASE PRINT OFF the INTERNET sources that you found useful in providing information about your characters. YOU NEED TO ANNOTA…

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Welcome back, Mythology kids! I hope you had a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday. If you missed class we completed the following:

1. I explained the structure of the Final Exam, which will occur on Friday, October 28th.
I have included a copy of the review below. Please read the instructions!

2. Each student submitted their assignments: Revision for Modern Day God paper and Hades Annotations/Notations


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 55 different piece…

Tursday, October 18th, 2011

YOUR NATURE MYTH WAS DUE TODAY! I will not accept the assignment, as you have known about it for two weeks. You may only submit it with your homework coupon! SUBMIT your assignments on the appropriate due date, cute kids!

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 Tuesday, October 18th, we discussed the Greek underworld of Hades. Each student received a red handout, which we completed together. I HAVE INCLUDED A COPY OF THE HANDOUT FOR YOU AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST! Several images were shared with you in relationship to the areas we discussed. I have attempted to include some of the images for you below. We did not complete the handout, but…

October 12th and 14th, 2011

Dear Mythology Kids,

Hang in there, cute kids! Your first quarter is almost over. Please let me know what I can do to assist you.

What did I miss today, Crampton?

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

If you missed class on Friday, October 14th 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. 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 indi…

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Dear Mythology Kids,

I hope you had a positive experience attending "College Days!"

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 inf…

Friday, September 30th, 2011

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!" Your plotmap assignment was introduced to you, as well. PLEASE STOP BY DURING FLEX, or visit with a friend regarding this part of your assignment.

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

Wed., September 26th, 2011

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 reviewed poor examples of previous nature myths. Students then worked in groups and evaluated the myths that their group reviewed.
4. Nature Myth Part 1 was explained to each student. Please visit with me about this if you missed class.

1. Your throne is due Thursday, October 6th.
2. Nature Myth Part 1 is also due on Friday!


Monday, September 26th, 2011

Dear Mythology kids,

1. Students submitted their "Modern Day God" assignment.
2. Journal #1 was introduced. Please see the previous post.
3. We review the three nature myths that were read for homework, and then students were given a copy of their "take-home" quiz. The quiz is due on WEDNESDAY, September 28th!
2. We read another nature myth entitled "Arachne." I gave each student a copy of the myth.
4. THRONE is due on THURSDAY, October 6th.

1. Take-home quiz is due on Wednesday, September 28th
2. In-class quiz covering "Daphne," "Arachne," "Narcissus" and "Prometheus and Io"

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

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 entitled "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. You were introduced to Prometheus and Pandora. We read both nature myths in class.

1. Please read "Demeter and Persephone" ( I gave everyone a copy of this myth). It won't work as a …

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dear Mythology Students,

We completed the following today in class:
1. We reviewed the "COUNCIL TABLE of MT. OLYMPUS" and discussed which gods are located next to each other at the table and why. Please obtain this information from someone else in class.

2. We then reviewed for the "Application Quiz" by correcting the "practice-quiz.'

3. We took and corrected the quiz.

4. The Throne Assignment was explained to each student. You actually have a copy of the throne assignment in the packet that I gave to you on the first day of class. It is light blue in color and there is a throne located on the back of the explanation. THE THRONE ASSIGNMENT is due ON THURSDAY, OCT. 6th!

1. Remember that your "Modern Day God" assignment is due on Monday, September 26th!
2. Throne assignment is due on Thursday, Oct. 6th


Friday, September 16th, 2011

Dear Mythology Kids,

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

If you missed class, we completed the following:
1. We obtained information for the remaining gods.
2. I explained your "Modern Day God" assignment which is due on Monday, September 26th.

1. Your "Modern Day God" paper is due on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th! Please see the explanation for the assignment below.
2. STUDY for your "Application Quiz" concerning the gods. Please note the practice quiz below.

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 t…

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

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


Please obtain information on the above gods from a friend in class.

2. We took the quiz covering the gods and their Greek and Roman names, symbols and domains. We then corrected it and moved on in relationship to obtaining information about the three gods listed above.

1. NONE! If you missed class, then please obtain the information from one of your friends, cut kids!

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Dear Mythology Students,


If you missed class on Monday, September 12th we did the following:

1. We submitted the "Handout" assignment that was due today, and then each group worked together on compiling a solid list regarding the information each group member located regarding their god. We completed Zeus, Hera and Athena and recorded that information on the GREEN handout in the "note section" of your binder. 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)shape shifts into animals in order to woe womenhas numerous affairsJusthas difficulties in making decisionsgod of athletes/athletic events were held in his honor/wore "crown" of oak leaves

Zeus transforms into a cuckoo bird. Hera loves animals, and finds a "cuckoo bird" outside her window tra…

Thursday, September 8th

Dear Mythology Kids,

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.

6. .



1. Visit with someone else regarding your "HANDOUT" assignment. Each student was given one of the 13 Olympians to research. In addition, I gave each student information regarding their particular god. Your assignment requires that you have a minimum of two sources (I gave one to each student), and then you are to locate another source (Internet, your book, etc.) A valid website is "ENCYCLOPEDIA MYTHICA." This assignment is due on MONDAY, September…

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Dear Mythology Kids,


For those of you that missed, we completed the following:

1. We reviewed for your "quest" by correcting the practice quest.
2. Students were given 5 minutes to review on their own.
3. Quest was given and corrected....this took the majority of the period.

1. Please read pages 24-36 in your book.
2. Identify two points of interest for each god discussed in your textbook.
Homework is due on Thursday

Did you miss class on Thursday, September 1st?

Dear Mythology Kids,

We completed the following today in class:
1. Creation Myth (the back side of your yellow handout)

1. polytheistic
2. pagan3. city-state4. Minoans5. Myceneans6. Homer7. Aesthetic myth8. Mythology9. Gaea10. Uranus11. Nyx12. Erebus13. Eros14. Pontus15. Aphrodite16. Furies17. Cyclopes18.100 handed ones19. Titans20. Atlas/Prometheus/Epimetheus21. Typhon
22. Iaeptus23. Cronus24. Rhea25. Hestia26. Hera27. Demeter28. Poseidon29. Hades30. ZeusThe Key to Success....PREPARATION! "The Creation Myth"


I When I see you on Tuesday, we will review, and then take your quiz. Remember to use the practice quiz as a pre-test. You should put all of your information away while you take the quiz. THIS IS CLEARLY AN INTEGRITY ISSUE ON YOUR PART, my fine young friends. In addition, you should print a copy of the quiz as a word document, and be prepared to bring it with you to class Tuesday. We will review for the quiz by discussing t…

If you missed class on Friday, August 26th

Dear Mythology Kids,

I know that several of you missed class due to the assembly. Remember if you are going to miss, then you need to COMMUNICATE with me. I don't have time to repeat each class. I value and venerate those that stopped by before, during, and after school to find out what they missed. If you failed to do this, then CHECK WITH A FRIEND in one of the Mythology classes. Remember to COMMUNICATE with me for the future!

Dear Mythology Kids,
If you missed class today, please make sure you visit with someone else taking Mythology......
Each student received the following: 1. A copy of their textbook, Mythology, by Edith Hamilton
2. A copy of their Homework Coupon ( if you missed class please visit with me about this)
3. Four handouts that were then placed within the notebook
a. a blue handout that is a map of Greece
b. a yellow handout entitled "Tell me a Story"
c.a green handout that is a chart of the Greek gods
d. and a pink handout that will be used for flashcards