Greek Mythology

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The lesson introduces students to Greek mythology.  Many students have heard some of the myths and stories, yet they do not know their source.  Most students enjoy myths because they stretch the imagination.  There are numerous videos available beyond the listed resources, and it is recommended the students get the opportunity to view some of them.  In addition, the students have a chance to write a modern myth.  The lesson may be used in conjunction with a lesson related to Fables, Folktales, and Myths.

Greek Mythology Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Greek Mythology
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces your students to myths, specifically Greek mythology.  The lesson stresses that myths are imaginary stories even though they may be connected to real rituals or used to explain natural events.  Ancient Greece is briefly discussed, as well as Titans and Olympians, several of whom are named and described in detail.  There are numerous videos available beyond the listed resources, and it is recommended the students get the opportunity to view some of them.  In addition, the students have a chance to write a modern myth, so this lesson can be used as a writing assignment.  The lesson can be used in conjunction with a lesson related to Fables, Folktales, and Myths.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

    1. Ask: What do you think the following movies or books have in common:  Hercules, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Little Mermaid, The Mummy, The Odyssey, Thor, and Clash of the Titans?
    2. Allow for responses and discussion. (Students may respond they are untrue, imaginary characters, etc.)  Lead the students to stories based on myths by asking if they are true, are fables, really occurred, etc.
    3. Ask students which is their favorite from the list, or another book or movie not listed. Ask students if they know the definition of myth.
    4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Greek Mythology.
    5. Distribute Greek Mythology content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save final question for lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
    6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Circulate through the room, encourage cooperation and creativity.  Give students access to the Internet to read examples of Greek myths.  (Printed copies of myths may be used.)
    7. Allow sufficient time to complete the story, possible 2 to 3 class periods. (You may allow students to work on the activity outside of class.)
    8. Once students are completed, each pair will read the myth to the class. Score students using the activity assessment provided.
    9. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
    10. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.9, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.7, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.9, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.7

Class Sessions (45 minutes):At least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies