Learning Myths, Writing Myths
In this lesson unit on ancient Greece, students compare three myths and create their own original myth.
- Grades: 6–8
As a supplement to a social studies unit on Ancient Greece, students will investigate mythology as an exploration of universal themes. Students will begin by studying different myths and finish by demonstrating academic growth through creating an original myth that conforms to the standard guidelines.
- Infer characteristics from an example story to construct a definition of the word "myth."
- Compare and contrast story elements from three different myths using a graphic organizer.
- Adapt mythological stories into a skit format and then present their adaptation to the class.
- Use print and nonprint sources to conduct a character study of mythological heroes.
Lesson Plans for this Unit
Creating an Original Myth
After studying different myths, students work independently or in small groups to create a new one. Students may be given the option of writing a more modern or traditional myth as long as it complies with the standard guidelines. You may want to reserve a computer lab to allow students to type their myths or browse the Internet for ideas. Be sure to check out the Myths Writing Workshop, to guide students through writing their own myth.