Showing posts from 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Dear Mythology Kids,
STOP MISSING CLASS! I love your guts, but I am going to "call you out!" If you are ill, then by all means stay at home, but many of you are not getting up in time for school, so you are missing first period, or you are going out for lunch, and failing to watch the clock. ARRIVE ON TIME, as it is SO RUDE when you are LATE! FIGURE IT OUT, my young friends. I don't have the time to repeat myself, even though I do that frequently in class. Seriously, I don't have an extra 80 minutes to offer you. VISIT WITH ANOTHER STUDENT IN CLASS, in order to find out what you missed! CHANGE YOURSELVES and if you need help then contact a psychologist! I am happy to act as your "psychologist!"

"What did I miss?"

1. Each student completed a graphic organizer regarding the basic plot line for The Iliad.  Please visit with a friend in class regarding this information. DO NOT JUST COPY IT....have your friend explain the information to you.

2. Students w…

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Dear Mythology Kids,
Welcome Back! I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

If you missed class today, we completed the following:

1. Journal #6 "The Right and Wrong to Disney's Hercules"
Students were asked to identify errors in the Disney film. Student divided their paper in half vertically. On the left they wrote "Mythology in general" and on the right they wrote "Hercules." Students were then asked to identify errors in the myth, and the mythology within the film. We watched the first 15 minutes in order to review our discussion from Monday's class period. You will need to do this on your own if you missed class today. I won't have time to show you the film during Flex.

2. While working in the groups,we then completed "Labors 11, 12 and Hercules's death."

3. We then discussed Heracles as paradoxical character.  This was useful, as one of the quiz questions you will answer for Wednesday relates to this idea.

4. We then reviewed th…

Thursday, November 21st, 2013 and Monday, November 25th, 2013

Dear Mythology Kids,
If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. Students were introduced to an interesting way to annotate and notate their reading material.

NOTE: . Each type of notation correlates to a specific color. Please see the color key below.

If you  find a section of text confusing then you would underline it using BROWN.If you are able to make a connection to 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, NOVEMBER 25th, 2013  If you missed class, w…

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. Students went to the lab to work on their "Symbolism in Myth" response.  If you missed class, then you will need to complete your assignment at home and then bring it to me on Thursday.

1. None, unless you missed class today.

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. We finished correcting the "Theseus" quiz.
2. Students were then given a peer review regarding the in-class essay entitled "Mythology is a Lie." Yes, I know that you were given this assignment a few weeks ago, but I haven't felt that I had a good time or day to complete the peer review; I do appreciate you being patient with me.
3. We then discussed the symbolism associated with the hero myths that we have read up to this point: "PERSEUS," "THESEUS," an "DAEDALUS"
We completed the following handout as a class.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class, we completed the LABYRINTH QUIZ. You will need to take the quiz during a flex session or after school. Please take care of this as soon as possible, so we can update your score.

1. Read "Daedalus" pages 144-45 for FRIDAY!

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. We reviewed "Perseus" and then took/corrected the quiz.

2. Students were then introduced to "Theseus." In order to understand this myth and the history behind it, a significant amount of "front-loading" is necessary. In fact, we are going to have a history lesson for the next few class periods. Please obtain the story board from the make-up box, and then visit with a friend from class.

1. Comparison Essay revision is due on THURSDAY!
2. MOSAIC SUBJECT traced by Monday, November 11th!

Friday, NOVEMBER 1st, 2013

STOP MISSING CLASS!  What exactly do you want me to do when you are not here? I can't repeat each lesson, guys. If you know that you are going to  miss class, then communicate with me prior to going, as I am ALWAYS willing to assist you. However, I find myself quite frustrated with those that know they will miss, and DON'T COMMUNICATE. I am not available to those of you that fall into that category, and you KNOW who you ARE.  FIGURE IT OUT ON YOUR OWN, and then in the future TALK!

"What did I miss?
"Nothing. We did nothing. That's right, we never do anything in class."

1. We completed the introductory quiz covering "the mythological hero." Find the most inconvenient time for you, and then let me know, because the only time you can take it, is when it is convenient for me.
Jaede spoke to me, as did Shelby....NO ONE ELSE DID, so you guys need to GROW UP and find the "responsible" gene in your pain and then active it. 

2. You were then int…

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Dear Mythology Kids,
If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. Each student received his/her Comparison Essay, and then we discussed the peer review. Your essays were TERRIBLE1 I love you, cute kids, but you must focus on reading and following instructions. The re-write for your essay is DUE ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7th!

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…

Monday, October 28th, 2013

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 (October 28th, 2013) 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


Tuesday, October 22,2013

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 22nd, we discussed the Greek underworld of Hades. Each student received 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.

2. Please read "Orpheus and Eurydice" pg. 107 in your text. This myth illustrate how just Hades actually was. This myth will appear on your test.

The following pictures should give you…

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Dear Mythology Kids,

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend! If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. We discussed your final exam scheduled for Thursday, October 24th, during your scheduled class period!
Each student received a copy of the review (included for you below). Completing the review is not compulsory, but I recommend using as a pre-test, so you can identify your areas of weakness. Please read the instructions for the review.

2. We then read an excerpt of the "Antigone" drama...thanks to those who shared their "acting" talents.
3. Students were then given their take-home quiz covering "Antigone" and "Greek Theater." I have not posted it on the blog, as I need your Greek Drama handout in exchange for the quiz. So, if you missed class today, then PLEASE come see me, so we sort this out for you.

1. "Antigone"/ "Greek Theater" take-home quiz is due on TUESDAY!
2. Don't miss TUESDAY, as we will be…

Wednesday, October 15th, 2013

Dear Mythology Kids,

STOP MISSING CLASS, CUTE KIDS! THE TERM ends in less than TWO WEEKS. YOUR HOMEWORK COUPON is due on TUESDAY, the 22nd! Welcome back from Fall Break! I hope you were able to use your time in a productive manner.
If you missed class today, we completed the following:

1. We completed our discussion regarding Greek theater. Please obtain this information from another student. HAVE THEM EXPLAIN THE INFORMATION TO YOU!
2. Students were introduced to the companion piece to "Oedipus," also written by Sophocles, entitled "Antigone."
3. We completed a flow chart regarding the characters and their connection to each other within the play.

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

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

1. I introduced the myth of "ANTIGONE" (pg. 273). MAKE SURE YOU READ THE MYTH! "Antigone" is the companion piece to &qu…

Monday, Octover 7th, 2013

Dear Mythology Kids,

Welcome to the world of GREEK THEATER! If you missed class, we completed the following:

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 Wed, October 9th! PLEASE READ THE MYTH! What we do in class on Wednesday 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…