Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Dear Mythology Kids,

MID-TERM is UPON US, and some of you are struggling! PLEASE let me know how I can assist you. I recommend that you take advantage of "consultation time" held each Monday.  Remember that you need to be PRO-ACTIVE in relationship to your education! I AM HERE TO HELP!

1. We started class by reviewing  "Prometheus" and "Pandora" in relationship to "moral truths" found within both myths. Students worked in groups, and then we discussed ideas as a class.

2.  We continued our discussion regarding "Pandora," by responding to the following:
Journal #3 entitled   "Hope"
1.Please consider the following quote by Friedrich 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.

 3. We continued obtaining more detailed information regarding the Greek pantheon. Please refer baxk to my previous post for detailed information conerning Hades, Demeter, Apollo, and Artemis.

1. Please read "Demeter"(pgs. 51-55) located in YOUR BOOK! Annotate and notate for theme or moral truths.
2. Please read "Arachne" (given to you) and annotate/notate for theme or moral truths.
3. Please read "Narcissus" (given to you) and annotate notate for theme or moral truths.
(If you missed class, and therefore did not receive a copy of #2 and #3, then you may use the versions of both myths located in your book)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class, please be aware of the following:

Students were assigned TWO  myths for homework, "Prometheus" and "Pandora."
Both stories are located in your text; however, I gave the students, that were present, two hard copies of the myths. IF YOU MISSED CLASS, PLEASE STOP BY AND SEE ME ON MONDAY, SO I CAN GIVE YOU COPIES OF THE MYTHS. If you don't stop by, then you will need to read the myths; they are located in your book.


We took a quiz covering Zeus, Poseidon, Athena, Hades, and Demeter. If you missed class, then please plan to take the quiz during Consultation Time on Monday.

We also obtained information regarding HERA. See the info below.


  • 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

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wednesday, September 21st

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class, we completed the following:
1. Your "Handout" assignment was returned to you. We discussed some problems in relationship to MLA format and citation methods.
2. Students then shared information regarding the following gods. If you missed class, please take the information located below and transfer to the handout in your notebook.

  • 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 woo  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.


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



  • 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
  • Punishes Prometheus for creating mankind
(include Greek and Roman names for each question......Do Not Use Your Notes, Cute Kids!)
1. Athletes are my greatest pride  _____________/____________
2. I am responsible for desecrating a temple. ____________/_____________
3. Justify your response for #9
4. I failed to ask my wife's mother for her hand in "marriage." _________/_________
5. "Make me the most beautiful land animal." __________/____________
6. I gave my father a terrible headache the day I was born. ____________/___________
7. "The earth shakes due to my anger." _____________________/___________________ 
8.If you eat a promegrante seed then you must remain in my domain forever. _________/_________
9.  Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter _______________/______________
10. "Ingratitude must be punished." ______________/__________________

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

2. Remember that your handout is due on MONDAY! Please read through the entire assignment, so you are clear on ALL OF THE REQUIREMENTS. You need to make sure that the sources you use for information are annotated/notated.
3. You will have a TEST covering the GREEK PANTHEON on WEDNESDAY! I have included the practice test for you below. I would use a seperate sheet of paper.


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.








Thursday, September 8, 2016

September 7th, 2016

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

1. We reviewed with a partner concerning the "Creation Myth." The best to prep is to make sure you feel good about the practice quiz on the previous post.

2. Students took the quiz.

3. We then started with the Greek Pantheon by identifying the gods by GREEK, ROMAN, SYMBOLS, and DOMAINS. If you missed class, please obtain this information from one of your friends. We stopped at Demeter!

1. Please read pages 24---- to the first 1/2 of 36. This section pertains to each of the 13 Olympians. Your assignment is to identify THREE POINTS of INTEREST for each god, and then record that as your homework. For example:

1. I find it interesting that he is the king of the gods; yet, he lacks leadership skills; he is so indecisive.
2. He is recognized as not making difficult decisions too often, but I think it is interesting that when he does, he is fair.
3. The fact that he thought the SKY was better than the SEA is interesting to me.

You should have a minimum of three points for each god. THIS IS DUE ON FRIDAY!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Friday, September 2nd! Welcome to September!

Dear Mythology Kids,
1. We completed the Creation myth associated with the Greeks. It is the most significant story, as it explains how the gods came into existence. Please make sure you communicate with someone that you know who is taking Mythology.

2. In addition, if you missed class, we began with a review that was placed as JOURNAL #1 in your journals, I have actually copied the review for you below. Please complete the review! PRINT IT OFF and then GLUE it to the first page in your journal. Label it as #1.

2. Even if you missed class, I still expect you to be prepared for class on Thursday Please communicate with someone else in class! Go to the Internet and look up "Greek Creation Myth," in order to obtain assistance!

1. PREPARE for QUIZ #1 covering THE CREATION (your flow chart)
3. Create flashcards (if you complete them, then you can use a 1/4 on the quiz)
4. Complete the practice quiz (for each question that you answer correctly, you receive 1/2 of point of credit added to the actual quiz score)


Practice Quiz for Greek Creation Myth
Journal #_______
“Let’s review, my young friends.”
1.      “The Greek Creation Myth is intensely masculine and crude.”
Prove the above quote! Offer an example from what you have been introduced to so far for the above text.

2.       One needs to give the ancient Greeks credit for their creative approach in explaining what they could not understand. At this point in the Creation Myth, identify an explanatory element which you found CLEVER!

3.       Symbolism is used as a continuous literary tool in strong writing. The Greeks LOVED using symbolism to make their audience THINK HARDER! We have only just begun,yet; there are symbolic elements already present the Creation myth. Please identify and explain one.

We completed the following today in class:

1. Creation Myth (the back side of your yellow handout)

  • 1. polytheistic
  • 2. city-state
  • 3. Aesthetic myth/Explanatory myth
  • 4. Mythology and why?
  • 5. Gaea
  • 6. Uranus
  • 7.. Nyx
  • 8. Erebus
  • 9. Eros
  • 10. Pontus
  • 11. Aphrodite
  • 12. Furies
  • 13. Cyclopes
  • 14.100 handed ones
  • 15. Titans
  • 16. Atlas/
  • 17.Prometheus/
  • 18. Epimetheus
  • 19. Typhon
  • 20. Iaeptus
  • 21. Cronus
  • 22. Rhea
  • 23. Hestia
  • 24. Hera
  • 25. Demeter
  • 26. Poseidon
  • 27. Hades
  • 28. Zeus
The Key to Success....PREPARATION!

"The Creation Myth"....PRACTICE QUIZ!
1.  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. Why is this event so important?

2.. Identify the three female characters in the drawing. What was their purpose in Greek mythology? Explain their symbolism.

3.  What caused Uranus's fear with these (I know there is only one here) children?

4.4.. Explain the symbolism behind the death of the character lying on his back.

I When I see you on Wednesday., 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 on Wed.. We will review for the quiz by discussing the questions on the practice quiz. If you choose to use flashcards on the quiz , you can use a 1/4 of the ones that you complete. DON'T FORGET to review the information concerning your "history lesson." In addition, you will receive questions from "Tell me a Story" (Front of your yellow handout).


Enjoy your weekend!



Your FINAL exam!

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