Tuesday, December 10, 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 were then introduced to a research assignment regarding characters within the epic. If you were absent, then you were assigned a partner. AWESOME! Now you have the opportunity become better acquainted with someone that you may not know! PLEASE STOP BY and visit with me, so I can give you the reading material, which needs to be annotated/notated for THURSDAY!

Peace Out,
NOTE: Select ONE of the images below to use as the primary focus for your power point. You will need to locate an additional four images for your presentation. You should not use any of the additional pieces that I have located for you below. TRUST ME when I tell you that you will be "spoiled for choice" regarding images associated with your character. GOOGLE IMAGES can easily provide with additional "visual aides!"

Sunday, December 1, 2013

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 the irony associated with the Heracles myth.

1. Please read "Heracles" in your book pgs. 166-180 (I think...if I am wrong look up "Heracles" in your table of contents).
2. Review the questions for your quiz on Wednesday. I have included them for you below. Remember that you will randomly pull two of the questions from the following list.

Don't forget that you will have a QUIZ covering Heracles as a paradox, and the irony found within the myth of "Heracles," and how those aspects add to the pathos experienced by our hero. This will be a take-home assessment. You will need to support your points will textual evidence. You may use your annotated article regarding Hercules and/or your textbook. The internet is not an available option.

"How do I prepare for the quiz, Crampton?"

"Make sure you have read the myth of Heracles found on page 166 in your textbook. In addition, review the storyboard that we worked on in class on today!

"Will there be extra credit for this quiz?"

"Absolutely! I have listed the questions below. Respond to each one as if you were taking the actual quiz. Originally, I was going to have you complete one of the six questions, but I have changed my mind. You will answer two of the six listed. If you review this way, you will clearly be successful, as you will have two of the six included below, you just don't know which two. You are to discuss the irony found in each excerpt from the myth of “Heracles,” and how the irony adds to the pathos experienced by Heracles. Please be thorough in your response; assume that your audience has no schema on the character of Heracles. Cut and paste the questions into a Word document, and then respond to them on your computer.
DRAMATIC....the audience knows what the characters do not!
SITUATIONAL.....action occurs that the audience was not anticipating
VERBAL....words possess an opposite meaning to what is said 

1.) Heracles represents a paradoxical character, in that he represents the extremes to human behavior.  He is a good guy and a terrible villain. He is extremely intelligent; yet, at the same time he is daft. Discuss a minimum of two paradoxical features regarding his story, and why these traits add to his already significant pathos.

2.) "The goddess drove Heracles temporally mad, and he killed his children, Megara as well—thinking they were either wild beasts or enemies of Thebes. When his sanity returned, Heracles exiled himself from Thebes for his crime. He traveled to Delphi to ask the oracle how best to atone for his crime. The priestess of the oracle instructed Heracles to go to Tiryns and perform any 10 labors devised for him by King Eurystheus."
3.)" Eurystheus directed Heracles to kill the Lernaean Hydra (water snake) as his second labor. Heracles slew the beast by chopping off its immortal head and burying the still-hissing head under a rock. Before returning to Tiryns, Heracles dipped his arrows in the poisonous blood of the Hydra. Thereafter, anyone wounded with one of these arrows would die."
4.) "The goddess sent two poisonous serpents with flaming eyes to destroy both Heracles and his half-brother Iphicles. Yet the mighty infant seized one in each hand and easily strangled the serpents, thinking they were toys he found great glee in his kill of the snakes."
5.) "The perfect host, Admetus entertained his guest while hiding the fact that he was mourning for his wife, Alcestis. When Heracles discovered his host’s secret, he rushed to Alcestis tomb. Upon bringing her back to Admetus, the host promptly died." 
       6) "He sent his servant home to Deianeira in order to obtain the special ceremonial shirt he wore on        these religious occasions. When the servant mentioned to Deianeira that Iole was to accompany Heracles, Deianeira feared that her husband loved the beautiful princess.”

Monday, November 25, 2013

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, we completed the following...... By the way, pLEASE RETURN TO CLASS after THANKSGIVING with the information you missed today.
 1. Students worked in groups in order to share information about each section that they read. We worked on completing the Heracles Graphic Organizer. Each class was able to obtain the information for Birth/Eartly Years, Labors 1-6, and Labors 7-10. We will completed the remaining section upon your return from the break. COME BACK PREPARED, or you will be so LOST!

1. Work on your MOSAIC over the break....Remember that a 1/4 of it needs to be completed for Friday, the 6th!

Take care of yourselves....Do something nice for someone else, as so many people need help, especially this time of year.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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 15, 2013

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.

“Meaning behind the Myths”


4. Students were then introduced to their assignment. I have included an example for you below. If you missed class, please communicate with me regarding the piece of artwork that you are going to discuss and the symbolic meaning behind the piece you pull.

“Damaging Self”

 “Hercules and the Nemean Lion”   By: Baldassarre Peruzzi

1.      Identify the subjects indicated in the piece of art work.
In the piece entitled “Heracles and the Nemean Lion,”by Baldassarre Peruzzi, Heracles, the greatest of Greek heroes, is grappling against the Nemean lion.  The lion was the first of twelve seemingly impossible tasks completed by Heracles

2.      In order to understand the piece, does the audience need some schema regarding the events?
Hera, queen of the gods, detested Heracles, because he was the child of Zeus, her husband, and a mortal woman named Alcemene.  Hera was so jealous of Zeus’s constant infidelities that she chose to retaliate against his lovers; however, Hera did not choose to take her anger out on Alcemene, as Alcemene was a faithful follower to Hera. Instead, Hera took her fury out on the child, who Alcemene named Heracles, after the goddess she worshipped.  Hera wanted to destroy the child, as he was a constant reminder of Zeus’s infidelity.  So, to carry out her revenge, Hera caused the young Heracles to go insane.  While playing with his three young sons and his wife, Megara, he temporarily went mad.  Rather than seeing his children running towards him, he saw enemy warriors, who he in turn slaughtered.  His wife attempted to stop the chaos, but Heracles murdered her as well.  Once his lucidity returned, and he saw the bodies of his family,  he knew that he must accept any fate the gods prepared for him, as this was the only way he would be forgiven of his horrible crime.  Hera, naturally thrilled that he had destroyed his family, decided that she would determine his fate and punishment.  She said the only way he could be forgiven involved the completion of twelve impossible tasks.  The first labor was to kill the Nemean Lion; an impossible task, because the lion’s skin was impenetrable. 

3.      What is taking place in the art work?
Heracles is able to defeat the Nemean lion by using his own strength against it.  He ends up strangling the beast, and then decides to use the lion’s skin as a form of armour.  Unfortunately, Heracles realizes that no weapon can puncture the skin.  Initially, he is lost for a way to sever the skin from the lion’s body.  He finally decides to use the lion’s claw as the “tool” to complete the job.  He rips one of the claws from the immense paw, and uses it to cut through the steal-like skin, finally obtaining the impenetrable armor.

4.      Explain the symbolic meaning concerning the myth depicted in the piece.
The “claw” used to sever the lion’s skin represents the “damage” individuals cause themselves.  People act as their greatest enemies; consequently, they cause the most damage to themselves.  It is not outside forces that destroy individuals, but their own flaws.

SPENCER (B4) , OLIVIA (B2), JOEY (B1), : This is the piece of artwork that you need to discuss, cute kid. I hope the surgery went well. Please keep me posted. 

"Danae" by JW Waterhouse

"Perseus and Medusa" by Sebastiano Rici
 "Perseus and Andromeda" by Tiziano Vecellio Titian

"The Greae Women" by Unknown

"The Fall of Icarus" by Peter Paul Rubens
"Icarus and Daedalus" by Charles Paul Landon

"Theseus and the Minotaur" by Unknown

"Ariadne and Theseus" by Niccolo Bambini

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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!

Monday, November 4, 2013

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 1, 2013

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 introduced to "PERSEUS" pgs. 147-154. YOU NEED TO READ THE MYTH FOR TUESDAY!

3. Students were given a story board to assist them with having schema about the myth. You are welcome to collect a board from the Mythology make-up box in the room.

1. Mosaic subject is due on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11th!
2. Revision of "Comparison Essay" is due on November 7th.
3. Please read "Perseus" pg. 146-154
4. Anticipate a quiz covering the myth.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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 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. Revision for Comparison Essay due on Thursday, November 7th.
2. Expect a quiz covering the archetypal qualities of a hero and the article that we read in class entitled "The Heroes Journey."
3. MOSAIC subject traced for NOVEMBER 11th!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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


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

  • •If your mosaic is larger than the required size, extra-credit will be given
  • Please visit with someone in class regarding due date for the assignment. The final mosaic is due on the final day of the term, but their are "mini" deadlines throughout the term. 

Monday, November 11th: Subject traced on paper
Friday, December 6th: Mosaic started and work day
Wed./ Fri, December 18th and 20th: work days
Thursday, January 9th: Mosaic due
If you missed class, please communicate with someone else from class, cute kids.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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 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.

Friday, October 18, 2013

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 "going to Hades."


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 50 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.

You may use ONE SIDE of a 3x5 card to assist you with some aspects that you might find difficult to recall. This is not required, but it's a nice form of  “insurance.” You are not penalized for you don't make the care, but if you need it, and you made it, then you can use it. 

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

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wednesday, October 15th, 2013

Dear Mythology Kids,

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 "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 white 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.

1. Students were asked to be prepare for a quiz covering "Antigone" and the Greek theater for Friday.

Friday, October 4, 2013

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 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.

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.


I introduced the myth of "Oedipus" to you today (Monday, October 7th) as a catalyst for understanding Greek Drama. I have included some additional images from those I shared with you in 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.

 WEDNESDAY'S QUIZ:The literary tool of irony is significant to the plot of "Oedipus." As part of your quiz on Friday, 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."  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."

1. Please read "Oedipus" for Wednesday.

Your FINAL exam!

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