Monday, December 19, 2016

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Dear Mythology Students,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! You guys only have THREE days until the break...MAKE THEM STRONG!

1. Students were offered the following "pocket question." Students were asked to use a 3x5 card for their response.
"Homer uses an "unconventional writing method" for The Odyssey." Assume your audience has no schema regarding The Odyssey, what does "unconventional methods" refer to, and why do you suppose Homer creates the epic in such a fashion?  

 2. Students continued with the storyboard regarding The Odyssey. Please communicate with someone in class, if you missed today's lesson. Students also watched two movie clips in order to guide them with visual understanding regarding some of the monsters that Odysseus faces in the poem.

You can watch the movie clips on your own.
sirens in oh brother where art thou (youtube)

1. Creative Project!!! Due Date is January 4th
2. Start preparing for Final Exam, scheduled for January10th
3. Please have your HW coupon with you on THursday!
4. Mythology textbooks are due on Jan. 6th, 2017


Mythology Exam...January 10th, 2017

You will see approximately 25  different pieces of artwork. Each drawing, painting, sketch, statue, etc. pertains to the areas of mythology we have discussed this semester. 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 most important question that you will be asked is the following: What is the true meaning behind this myth? Explain your response.  The best way to completely prepare for your exam, is to go through each question below, as some aspect will appear on the test. In addition, you will be given vocabulary words given in context. If you complete the review below then 10 points will be added to your final exam score.

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 if you don't make the card, 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 13. Dionysus 14. Persephone

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. Identify the significance of Greek drama to Mythology
17. Identify the characters associated with The Iliad, and their importance to plot progression.

. Plotline for  the following myths and their associated "truths."
“Pandora’s Box”
. “Arachne”
. “Prometheus”
. “Demeter and Persephone”
. “Daphne”
. “Echo and Narcissus”
. “Antigone”
"Orpheus and Eurydice"
The Odyssey.
The Iliad
Creation Myth

EXTRA-CREDIT due on January 6th, 2017

You may earn up to 20 points of XC...each film is worth 10 points of XC. For each film, please identify what is correct and incorrect about the director's mythological portrayal. Not all of the films are on Netflix, but they are available at the Orem Public Library.

  • Helen of Troy
  • Troy
  • Oh, Brother Where art Thou?
  • The Odyssey
  • Wrath of the Titans (This film pertains to the "Perseus" myth; I highly recommend you read the myth in your text BEFORE watching the movie).
  • Sinbad (cartoon)
  • Iphigenia 
  • What dreams by come (this film pertains to Hades)

Friday, December 16, 2016

Iliad Quiz #2

The Iliad Quiz #2

Read the question and thoroughly respond based upon the included image. YOU WILL NEED TO INCLUDE PAST EVENTS not depicted, and for some questions, FUTURE EVENTS, not depicted in the pieces, in order to fully answer the question. May the power of Athena be with you! 
1. Explain the SITUATIONAL IRONY associated with this image. Please identify the characters, and then "jump to the future."   In order to fully answer the question, you will need to be thorough in detailing the depicted event, and then the consequences that followed. (5)

2. This character is usually depicted "blind." or blind folded. Please identify her, and thoroughly explain the symbolism behind why she is blind. You will need to start at the "beginning" of her story. (5)

3. Explain why the depicted event is so important to The Odyssey's plot line. (5)

4,Explain why the depicted event is important for characterization. (5)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

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

1. Achilles
2. Ajax (greater)
3. Ajax (the lesser)
4. Odysseus


Students were then introduced to a new assignment that is due on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16th. Please the following information regarding the assignment. If you have questions, please communicate with me.

Mythology in Modern Culture
Due Date: ______________________________

Introduction: Mythology is everywhere! There are pieces of artwork, movies, TV shows, musical references, advertisements, business insignias, vocabulary, and literary references and allusions where classical mythology are used   Why are references from Classical Mythology stilled used in modern day culture? Why is having a background in mythology so useful for any audience?
1.       You are to locate a minimum of seven examples where mythology is used in modern day culture. Three of you examples must be vocabulary words.
·         Advertisements
·         Business Insignias /Company names
·         Vocabulary Words used within text (Three words are compulsory)
·         Film/Commercials
·         Cartoons/Comic Strips
·         Book Titles
·         Album covers
·         Business names
·         Artwork
·         Mythological Allusions/References used within literary work, anatomy/medicine, biology, and/ or mathematics.
2.     The internet  is OFF LIMITS!  You must locate the mythology in the “world around you!”  In fact,     a HARD COPY of each example must be submitted with your assignment.
3.    With each example, an explanation must accompany it that offers a lay person schema regarding the mythological connection. For example, if you locate the word SISYPHEAN used in a book, you must first thoroughly explain the story of Sisyphus. Then you must continue with offering an explanation as to WHY the artist, musician, film maker, poet, etc. chose to use mythology within his/her form of art. WHAT ARE THEY ATTEMPTING TO INDICATE THROUGH THE MYTHOLOGICAL REFERENCE or ALLUSION?
4. Each example must appear as a HARD COPY, and each explanation must be typed using MLA format (Times New Roman, 12 pts font). This assignment must be submitted in an organized, thorough, and neat fashion. I will show you what former students have submitted in previous years.
5. Please DO NOT repeat subject matter or sources. 

1. The above assignment, "Modern Day God," is due on Friday, December 16th! It can not be submitted late, as you have ample time to complete it.

2. QUIZ on MONDAY covering THE ILIAD. Review your pink plot line structure handout, and your goldenrod storyboard for the quiz.


Dear MKs, 
I am limited on the questions that I can offer you here, but this question is still valid for what to anticipate for the quiz on Monday. YOU WILL HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS THAT INVOLVE IMAGES.

1. The following images are part of a 'large puzzle." Please explain the connection between the three images, and why an audience needs schema regarding them. (6 xc points)



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Dear Mythology Kids!


We completed the following:
1. We learned a new vocabulary word: STYGIAN
Please communicate with a friend, or obtain the information on your own.

2. We finished correcting The Iliad #1 quiz.

3. We then obtained information for the following characters:



Let e know how I can help you! 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Wednesday,, November 30th, 2016

Dear Mythology Kids,
If you missed class, we complete the following:
1. Paris
2. Menelaus
3. Agamemnon
4. Clytemnestra

PRACTICE QUESTION (please note that all your questions will involve some type of multi-media or images associated with the characters we have studied and the action involving them. The most effective way to prepare is to go through your GOLDENROD handout that details each character, and make sure you have read the section in your text assigned for homework. The following question is an example of what you should anticipate for Friday's quiz.) Please respond to this question for your extra-credit regarding Friday's quiz.

The two events depicted in the pieces of artwork below do not occur within The Iliad; however, they do act as catalysts to events within the epic.  Why do you suppose Homer chose to only allude to the events depicted below, rather than “physically” including them as part of the text?

1. Quiz on Friday! 

Friday, December 2, 2016

ILIAD Quiz (Priam, Helen, Paris, Menelaus, Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, and iphigenia

Iliad Character Quiz #1

Questions 1,2 and 6 are REQUIRED! For questions 3, 4, and 5; however there a "catch.' Each of you has a number on your desk. That number indicates the question that you will answer from 3. 4 or 5. So if you have a #4 on your sticky note, then your focus will pertain to #4. Not only do you need to thoroughly respond to each question, but in doing so, please remember to identify the characters in the images.

 1. Why would Homer begin the Iliad with this event? (involves a clip)
2.   Why does this event act as the catalyst for The Iliad, even though it is only alluded to within the epic poem?

3. This moment offers the reader great insight regarding characterization for both men. Explain.

 4.  Why is this event important to the epic’s plot line?Focus on characterization within your response. 

5. This character is often referred to as a “heroine.” Explain.
 6. This sculpture “tells” an important story. You will need to go back in time to fully explain its significance. Two MEN, who are part of this story, are not included here. Please remember them in your explanation. In addition, make sure you explain why this event is so important for the Iliad’s plot progression and character development. (Compulsory)

Your FINAL exam!

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