Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September 30th, 2015

Dear Mythology kids,
Stop missing class, my young friends. I am not available to assist you on Thursday, and your homework assignment involves significant explanation. PLEASE COMMUNICATE WITH SOMEONE THAT WAS IN CLASS, and return to class PREPARED!

1. Each student received FOUR handouts. Please make sure you stop by the class to collect them.

2. Students were given the first two vocabulary words:
Please communicate with someone in class to obtain what you need for the two words.

3. We discussed concerns with your "Handout" assignment. We reviewed the "dead words" that should never be used in writing, and we reviewed MLA format regarding citation information.

4. Students obtained the moral truths for the following myths:
"Prometheus and Io" and
"Ceys and Alcyone"

5. Students were introduced to the following assignment...."Is Mythology a Lie?" Please read through the assignment. Students were then asked to complete the "This I believe ......" statements for each of the explanatory myths for FRIDAY!


Is Mythology a Lie? What is truth?
“Art is the lie that tells the truth.” –Picasso

Introduction: Several of you indicated on the first day of school that you felt mythology was a lie. I have no doubt that you have a different perspective, especially now that we have discussed the gods and read their corresponding myths. There are always metaphorical truths found in mythological stories. In fact, few great literary works are true in a factual sense; yet their freedom from facts allows the expression of emotional truths in a way factual stories cannot. The other significant aspect to any great literary work involves the connection that the reader can make to himself. Through identifying the universal themes or “moral truths” found within the myths, those that read them are also able to consider their own belief system, and hopefully learn to apply the moral truths on a personal level.

1.      Please consider the following question. “What do you believe in relationship to the moral truths present within each explanatory myth?” Develop “I Believe” statements for each myth. Your final response will take the form of a personal narrative (two actually). Basically, you are going to use the moral lesson found within TWO myths to create two personal narrative responses.

Former student examples:
·         “I believe that make-up is a waste of money.” (“Narcissus”)
·         “ I believe that I love what I hate, and I hate what I love.”  (“Pandora”)
·         “ I believe in the power of one word.” (“Arachne”)
·         “I believe in the blank canvas, and the palette of water colors.” (“Daphne”)
·         “I believe in the “ABC’s.” (Prometheus)

2.      Once you have created “I believe” statements for each myth based upon the moral truths found within the stories, you are to consider how you can connect a personal experience to the statement.  YOU WILL NEED TO THINK as if you were ATHENA!

3.      You are required to create TWO personal narratives based upon the myths that you will eventually “pull from the bag.” So, you might pull “Daphne” and “Pandora,” or “Demeter” and “Ceyx and Alcyone.” Each personal narrative will be a minimum of 500 words (two pages double spaced), and MUST CONTAIN text from the myth to support your “belief” concerning the myth.

4.      Please remember MLA format for your response.

May the power of Athena be with you! I look forward to reading your work!

This I believe……….I believe that…….

“Prometheus”: _________________________________________________________________

“Pandora:” ____________________________________________________________________

“Demeter:” ____________________________________________________________________

“Arachne:” ____________________________________________________________________

“Narcissus and Echo:” ____________________________________________________________

“Daphne:” _____________________________________________________________________

“Prometheus and Io:” ____________________________________________________________

“Ceyx and Alcyone:” _____________________________________________________________

Your FINAL exam!

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