Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wednesday, September 25th, 2014 and Friday, September 26th, 2014

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

 "ANNOTATE" means to underline text in order to strengthen understanding. "NOTATE" means to record information next to text in order to strengthen understanding."

  • If you  find a section of text confusing then you would underline it using BROWN.
  • 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 PURPLE!
  • 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 insight into THEME or MOTIFS then GREEN is your annotation color.
  • ORANGE is the color you will use if you come across text that you find interesting. 

We continued discussing the gods! The remaining information regarding HERMES, ARES, and APHRODITE is located below. REMEMBER THAT YOU WILL HAVE A QUIZ COVERING THE GODS ON TUESDAY!

Ares….first murderer….first to be acquitted ……cowardly……MARCH…..Romans respected Mars, much more than the Greeks respected Ares (harvest/growth)……Aphrodite….Pain, Panic and Contention ….are their children
Cupid/Eros son of A and A…Sadistic
Aphrodite…..blooms of plants, manipulates with love, She uses Eros/Cupid to assist with manipulation …… H and A and A…magical Girdle …… causes the Trojan War…golden apple

 1. Venerate, Vigil, Valuable, Vigilante, Volume, Viscous...I love words that begin with the letter V. ______________/______________
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 grand larceny (look this up). ___________/____________
6. I would do well working in a floral shop, as I have a "magic touch" when it comes to flowers.

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." __________/____________

15. I gave my father a terrible headache the day I was born. ____________/___________
16. I was in the delivery room when my brother was born. ______________/______________
17. I am "cuckoo" for cuckoo birds_____________/_______________
18. "Beauty" is in the eye of the beholder. _______________/_______________
Justify your response for #18 ______________________________________________________
19. Payment is needed to enter here. __________/__________
20. Two eagles "found" my truth  _______________/__________________.

1. Please read "Prometheus" and "Pandora." Both myths are located in the "make-up" box in the Mythology room. Please annotate and notate each myth/5-7/page/ using all the colors, but primarily GREEN!
2. Read "Demeter" pages 50-55 in your book! If you own your own text, then you are welcome to annotate/notate in it. If not, then please use a sheet of notebook paper. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU PURCHASE YOUR OWN BOOK! Please annotate and notate each myth/5-7/page/using all the colors, but primarily GREEN!

1. QUIZ covering the Greek gods on TUESDAY! Take advantage of the "practice" quiz above!
3. Read "Daphne " pges. 119-120 in your textbook....annotate/notate/7-10 total/all colors/mostly GREEN for TUESDAY!

REMINDER, cute kids! If you did not complete annotating "Demeter" for Friday, I am happy to accept it on MONDAY without your homework coupon. If you give it to me on Tuesday, then I will need your coupon. Please bring your annotations to me on Monday BEFORE school or during lunch. Remember that I have meetings after school! Thanks, guys!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Dear Mythology Kids,
I hope you had a great weekend! From what I heard, HOMECOMING was amazing, and I have no doubt that you and your date looked JUNOESQUE and APOLLONIAN! If you missed class, we completed the following:

1.Students were introduced to a new writing assignment entitled "Modern Day God. I have included a copy of the explanation for you below. Each of you should have a copy of the assignment in the "Homework" section of your notebook. THIS IS DUE ON OCTOBER 2nd! Please let me know if you have any questions. Don't wait to begin working on the assignment, as you will have other assignments due prior to the 2nd!

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.

2. We then continued discussing Hades, Demeter, and Artemis! Please note the information on those gods below!

God of Wealth (precious metals found within the earth)
You must pay to enter his domain with a coin (obolus)
Three levels...people are judged based upon HOW THEY LIVED THEIR LIFE
Just/Rhadamanthine....concept of ethics
Cerberus....three headed dog
Steals Persephone and she becomes "Queen of the Underworld"
Persephone spends three months of the year (winter) with Hades and the remaining months she is with her mother ...Persephone eats four pomegranate seeds confining her to the realm of the dead


Goddess of the Harvest
When her daughter Persephone is stolen by Hades, Demeter refuses to let anything grow
Zeus requests that she Persephone be returned to her mother
Demeter rarely lost her temper
Horse is created for her by Poseidon

Artemis and Apollo

Artemis and Apollo

Kill for virginity….she asked her father for eternal virginity, change your mind
ACTEON is a hunter….. changes him to stag and his hounds destroy him
ORION is a hunter ….Apollo kills ORION…..
Apollo is jealous of his sister ….scorpion and it stings Orion….Artemis places Orion and the scorpion in the stars
Apollo falls in love with Daphne…VIRGIN (Artemis), REVENGE!
Apollo is competitive…..”ROCK competitive”
2nd fav. To Zeus…..perfect
Ephesus is her city state.
 Apollo is the god of "Truth." 
His city state is called Delphi
He destroys the Python that tormented his mother and then draped its skin over his throne.
The women that worked for him were called Oracle or Pythian preistesses
He had his own athletic games called the Pythian Games; they were held in honor of the Python that he killed.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. We reviewed for the "Greek Pantheon" Test. Those that chose to take the "practice test" took time correcting that, and then students spent a few minutes reviewing together.

2.We then took the test and corrected it!

3. We moved on and started discussing more specific information about the pantheon . Please note the information below, and record this information on your yellow handout that has boxes on it containing images of the gods.


I hope you have a great weekend. Those of you attending HOMECOMING don't forget to tell your date JUNOESQUE and APOLLONIAN!

  • 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.
  • God of the Seas
  • Created the horse to woe  his sister, Demeter. In the process created all the "misfit" animals (zebra, giraffe, hippo, donkey, etc.)
  • Gave the horse to Demeter and created the sea horse for himself
  • Earthquakes
  • Loved his domain due to the secrets he could keep in it
  • Had sex with Medusa in Athena's temple; this angered the goddess. To revenge this wrong, Athena turned Medusa into a GORGON. Medusa was punished for Poseidon's wrong, but Poseidon punished significantly for it.
  • Known for his beautiful smile
  • Easily angered 
  • Highly venerated due to the Greeks being sea faring.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday, September 7th, 2014

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class on Monday, we completed the following:

1. We corrected the "QUEST".....You did incredibly well on this, and I am proud of you!
2. We continued with the Greek Pantheon! Each class is at a different point, so I ask that you communicate with someone in class, so that you can receive the information for the characters that you missed!

REMEMBER: Wednesday you will be visiting with the counselors concerning the Utah Futures program. Please make sure you have your parent permission form, so that you can experience the entire process; it really is worth it!

1. Please read pages 23-36 in your textbook. This information discusses the Greek Pantheon in greater detail. Please identify THREE points of interest for each god. Record those points for class on FRIDAY! You are welcome to type or hand write the information.
2. You will have a test covering the gods and their Greek/Roman names, symbols and domains next TUESDAY! I have included a PRACTICE TEST for you below. You are welcome to create flashcards for the gods, and use a 1/4 of the ones that you make for Tuesday's test!

NOTE:  Start prepping for your quiz covering the gods (Greek and Roman names, symbols and domains). This quiz will take place on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER, 16th!

PRACTICE TEST 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..... REMEMBER THAT YOU SHOULD NOT USE YOUR NOTES for this assessment! USE THIS AS A PRE-TEST!

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 each response.








Sunday, September 7, 2014

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Hello, Mythology Kids!

I hope you enjoy your weekend! If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. We reviewed for the Quest!
2. Took the Quest!
3. Started working on the Olympians in relationship to identifying them by Greek/Roman names, Symbols and Domains! We will continue to work on this next week! Please communicate with someone in class, so that you have the information that you missed.

1. Each student received information from me, that they in turn, were asked to read and underline points that they found interesting for Monday!
2. Remember that you need to have an internet source concerning your god. This, too, needs to be underlined for interesting points.
3. Create a list combining all the points you found interesting from the internet source and the information that I gave each student in class.

NOTE: You are welcome to write the list of combined interesting points.

I look forward to seeing you on MONDAY!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Dear Mythology Students,

I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! If you missed class today (Tuesday), we completed the following:

1. Reviewed the Creation myth up to where we "finished" in class last class period. PLEASE COMMUNICATE with a friend in class so that you are prepared for our "Quest" on THURSDAY!

2. We then continued with the Creation story! We started with Cronus killing Uranus and then  the birth of  Cronus and Rhea's children.....Hestia, Hera, Demeter, Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus! Again, communicate with a friend in class.

3. Each student received a copy of the myths entitled "Uranus" and "Cronus." Please stop by and pick up a copy prior to the "quest" on Thursday!

4. I highly recommend that you create FLASHCARDS and complete the PRACTICE QUIZ on the BLOG, my young friends!