Begin researching some of the Greek gods and goddesses of ancient Greece. While you read, be aware of the unique and interesting facts about each one.
Directions: Use the attached worksheet to list three interesting facts about each Greek god or goddess:
Explore the websites below to learn interesting facts about each Greek god or goddess:
It is now time to research ancient mythological heroes. Pay close attention to the common themes and elements that run throughout each story.
Directions: Use the attached Mythological Hero Chart to fill in examples of heroism from each of the four myths as you read their stories:
Mythweb- here you will find stories of heroes such as Perseus, Hercules, and Jason:
Now that you have researched heroes from ancient Greek mythology, it is time to research modern heroes of today.
Directions: Use the attached graphic organizer to compare the characteristics (i.e. behaviors, powers, weapons, allies) of your modern day heroes to some of the Greek heroes that you have researched.
Contemporary/Modern Day Heroes: Use the websites below to research modern day heroes. Who do you consider a hero? What qualities do they possess?
Watch the below Greek myth videos. As you watch, pay close attention to the common themes and elements found in each myth. This will assist you in beginning to create your own myth.Directions: Use the attached graphic organizer to help you find and organize the common themes and elements found in each story:
Watch at least three Greek Myths. This will be your last step before you begin writing your own...
- Demeter & Persephone
- Apollo & his Oracle
- Diana and the Golden Apples
- Odysseus & the Cyclops
- Prometheus & Pandora
It is now time to begin brainstorming your own original nature myth. Follow each step below to get your ideas flowing:
1) Make a list of natural phenomena
2) Select a phenomenon from your list that is familiar to you and that you can observe.
3) Observe carefully. Find out as much as you can about the natural event that you have chosen:
- what does it look like?
- what does it sound like?
- what does it smell like?
- what effect does it have on people and places?
- what are the scientific reasons for this event?
4) Ask yourself, what if? Imagine and brainstorm all of the possibilities...
Choose the Goddess that will help you tell your story. Read myths about him/her to assist you in developing the character in your myth.
Directions: Complete the following The Research Worksheet to guide you in writing your rough draft.
It is now time to begin your pre-writing. Keep in mind the following:
- What is the purpose of your myth?
- What natural phenomenon will your myth explain?
- What message or universal truth will be shared by your myth?
3) Additional Characters:
- Briefly name and describe your main character, a mortal (protagonist).
- Include specific character traits (physical characteristics, personality traits).
4) Give details about the setting of your story. Remember that setting includes not only time and place, but also environmental details.
5) Use the Pre-writing Graphic Organizer to assist in your rough draft:
It is now time to share your rough draft with a partner.
Directions: Use the Peer Review to give useful, constructive feedback to your partner. This will help both of you see what has been done well, and if there is any element that needs improvement.
*For additional help, you may also want to check out the Myth Brainstorming Machine
Congratulations! You are now ready to begin writing your final draft of your own original nature myth. Have fun and be creative!