Thursday, December 8, 2011

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


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 larger than the required size, extra-credit will be given

YOUR SUBJECT MUST BE TRACED BY MONDAY, DECEMBER 12th. WHY? Well, I have to return the projectors to the library on Friday afternoon. PLEASE! PLEASE! Have your mosaic traced for Monday!

ANY and ALL supplies you want to use for the mosaic need to be with you on Monday!

Remember that your "Let's Go to the Movies" essay is due on Friday, December 16th!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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.

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 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.

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.

Friday, December 2, 2011

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 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 and Bellerophon pages 139-146
2. You will have a quiz covering "Perseus" and Bellerophon 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 7-10/ 1st page/5-7 back 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.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

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!



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)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

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 (any order).
7. ________________________ 8. _____________________
9. "You will set him free, or your little island will find itself at the bottom of Poseidon's sea. " ___________________
1o. "Let's see...what animal does your male psyche resemble the most." _____________
11. Comes to her island after the destruction of Odysseus' men. ______________

Take care and enjoy your weekend. I hope to see you on Monday; however, so much depend upon what happens with my mother.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

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 crab bit my heel (labor). ______________
6. "Hey, boss, you taste like chicken." ______________
7. Apollo is our master . ______________
8. Golden horns and bronze hooves _____________
9. Apples are a precious gift that must always be guarded ______________
10. "What a beautiful fur coat you have."
"Thank-you, it's made of steal." _________________
11."I would have gladly given him my belt." __________________
12. "Love Potion" ____________
13. Foul Fowls ________________
14. Third and immortal wife of Heracles_____________/_____________
15. My blood is toxic _____________
16. I am suffering from cancer (labor) _______________.

Friday, November 11, 2011

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!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

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 1, 2011

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 ANNOTATE and NOTATE each source with a total of 5-7/page using ORANGE! I will look at your Internet sources THURSDAY.

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.

ERICA- You are working with Cameron and Becky and your characters are the Hesperides/Draco Ladon and Nessus

AUTSIN-You are working Sydney and your characters are the Eurymanthian Boar, Cerynian Hind and the Stymphalian Birds


Monday, October 24, 2011

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 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 with
in 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”
31. Tantalus
32. Sisyphus
33. Ixion

1. Please read "Orpheus and Euydice" in your book
2. Please read "Sisyphus" in your book
3. Please read "Danaids" in your book
4. The review for your final exam (above) is due on Friday prior to the test. You will have Wednesday to work on it in class.
5. You can create the 3x5 card after you have a greater understanding concerning your areas of weakness

Friday, October 14, 2011

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 we will do so on MONDAY the 24th!


1. Please read the grey handout given to you during class/7-10 annotation/notations/page/Due on Monday the 24th

2. Revise your "Modern Day God" paper for Monday, October 24th

The following pictures should give you greater insights into some of the aspects we discussed on Tuesday. 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.

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 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 upcoming exam.

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 take-home quizzes for "Oedipus."

5. I gave everyone a copy of their "Greek Theater" quiz which is due on Tuesday.

6. Please remember to have a TWO COPIES of your nature myth for TUESDAY. In addition, you need to have a copy of your rough draft which should contain corrections and the signature of your "editor."

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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 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.


1. Please read "Oedipus" on pages 268-272
Plan on a quiz covering "Oedipus." PLEASE NOTE THE QUESTIONS BELOW!
2. Your NATURE MYTH assignment is due on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

I think your THRONES are so clever and I look forward to interviewing you about your design choices. PLEASE REMEMBER YOUR INTERVIEW TIMES.


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

WEDNESDAY'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."

You are to annotate the myth entitled "Dionysus and Semele" using particular colors: WHAT DOES ANNOTATE MEAN, Crampton? "ANNOTATE" means to underline text in order to strengthen understanding. "NOTATE" means to record information netx to text in order to strengthen understanding.

So.........Your first annotated myth is due on Monday, October 10th, 2011!
  • If you  find a section of text confusing then you would underline it using BROWN.
  • If you are able to make a connection ot your own life then you would underline that section of text using your PURPLE.
  • Another way to annotate is by asking QUESTIONS about the text. RED is the color you will use for this annotation.
  • If you come across a VOCABULARY word that you don't know use YELLOW!
  • If a piece of text touches you emotionally, then BLUE is the color for that annotation.
  • If a piece of writing is poetic to you, then use BLACK!
  • If text gives you a different perspective then GREEN is your annotation color.
  • ORANGE is the color you will use if you come across text that you find interesting.

Monday, October 3, 2011

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!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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!


Sunday, September 25, 2011

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"

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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 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 Monday 26th, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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 16, 2011

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 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.


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

17th, 2001. September 11, 2008.

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.

Instructions for PRACTICE QUIZ: 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. March is my favorite month. ____________/___________
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!


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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 12, 2011

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 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)
  • shape shifts 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/wore "crown" of oak leaves

  • 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.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 Wednesday.

1. STUDY FOR YOUR QUIZ covering the GODS. You will see several images of the gods. You will need to identify their Greek and ROman names, symbols and domains.


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.










Thursday, September 8, 2011

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. 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 12th. You should have two copies of your handout. One will be used in class, the other will be given to me. In addition, please make a copy of your additional source (the Internet, book, etc. ), as I want to see the other source you used to obtain information.

2. Start prepping for your quiz covering the gods (Greek and Roman names, symbols and domains). This quiz will take place on Wednesday, September 14th.

Enjoy your weekend! I look forward to seeing you at Homecoming!
May the power of Athena be with you,

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

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

Thursday, September 1, 2011

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. pagan
  • 3. city-state
  • 4. Minoans
  • 5. Myceneans
  • 6. Homer
  • 7. Aesthetic myth
  • 8. Mythology
  • 9. Gaea
  • 10. Uranus
  • 11. Nyx
  • 12. Erebus
  • 13. Eros
  • 14. Pontus
  • 15. Aphrodite
  • 16. Furies
  • 17. Cyclopes
  • 18.100 handed ones
  • 19. Titans
  • 20. Atlas/Prometheus/Epimetheus
  • 21. Typhon
  • 22. Iaeptus
  • 23. Cronus
  • 24. Rhea
  • 25. Hestia
  • 26. Hera
  • 27. Demeter
  • 28. Poseidon
  • 29. Hades
  • 30. Zeus
The 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 the questions on the practice quiz. If you choose to use flashcards on the quiz for, you can use a 1/4 of the ones that you complete. DON'T FORGET to review the information concerning your map. In addition, you will receive questions from "Tell me a Story" (Front of your yellow handout).

1. According to the ancient Greeks, how did formed matter begin?

2. Three "beings" were initially created, please identify them for 2-4.

2._______________ 3.______________ 4.________________

5. Who was Uranus, and what was his greatest fear?

6. Identify his first two "groups" of children and why his wife was so angry with him concerning these children.

7. What characters are created from Uranus' death (in any order)?

7._____________________ 8._________________

9. Describe the Titans to me.............

10. Why is Cronus so willing to destroy his father?

11. Cronus marries his sister, Rhea, who in turn gives him six children. Explain what he does with the children and why.

12. Refer to the image at the top of this post. The two characters on this Greek vase are married. The female is offering the male something of significance. Explain to me what is taking place here.

13. Refer to the second image at the top of this post. Identify the three female characters in the drawing. What was their purpose in Greek mythology?

14. Refer to the third image at the top of this post. Explain the symbolism behind the death of the character lying on his back.

15. Refer to the fourth image...... Why was Uranus so afraid of "these" ( I know there is only one) children?

16. Who is this? Explain her "birth."

I hope you did well! I will see you soon.



Friday, August 26, 2011

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

(Each handout was placed in the "NOTES" section of the notebook.)


1. Your "What is a Classic" assignment is due on Tuesday!


1. We reviewed some basic information regarding ancient Greece, and then that information was recorded on the blue map given to you at the beginning of class.

a. What is a city-state?

b. The difference between Athens and Sparta (Athena vs. Ares and Aesthetics vs. Warfare)


e. We also discussed the brilliance of the ancient Greeks and how their influence still plays a role in our modern culture.

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

Crampton (a.k.a. "Athena")

Your FINAL exam!

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