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Mythology Teachers' Guide

Mythology Teachers' Guide

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- Mythology Teachers' Guide - Presenting the newest discovery in the series with the Midas touch -- a mythical exploration fit for the gods (age 8 and up).
- Mythology Teachers' Guide - Presenting the newest discovery in the series with the Midas touch -- a mythical exploration fit for the gods (age 8 and up).

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 Teachers’ Guide
Mythology:
The Gods, Heroes, and Monsters of Ancient Greece
by Lady Hestia Evans • edited by Dugald A. Steer • illustrated by Nick Harris,Nicki Palin, and David Wyatt • decorative riezes by Helen Ward
Age 8 and up • Grade 3 and upISBN: 978-0-7636-3403-2$19.99 ($25.00 CAN)
 
Candlewick Press
 Mythology
Teachers’ Guide 1
ABOUT THE BOOK
 Mythology
purports to be an early nineteenth-century primer on Greek myths written by Lady Hestia Evans. This particular edition is inscribed to Lady Hestia’s riend John Oro, who was embarking on a tour o the sites o ancientGreece. Along his journey, Oro has added his own notes, comments, anddrawings in the margins
 
 
including mention o his growing obsession withthe story o King Midas and a visit to Olympus to make a daring request o Zeus himsel. . . . This guide to
 Mythology
is designed to support a creative curriculum andprovide opportunities to make links across subjects. The suggested activitieshelp students make connections with and build on their existing knowledge, which may draw rom lm, computer games, and other popular media as wellas books and more traditional sources. We hope that the menu o possibilitiespresented here will serve as a creative springboard and inspiration or you in your classroom.For your ease o use, the guide is structured to ollow the book in achapter-by-chapter order. However, many o the activities allow teachersto draw on material rom several chapters. For instance, the storytellingperormance activity outlined in the section “An Introduction to Mythology”could also be used with stories rom other chapters. Likewise, many o theactivities ocused on
The Odyssey
would apply equally well to the chapter onthe Trojan War.
 
Candlewick Press
 Mythology
Teachers’ Guide 2
Discussion Points
1. Do students know the word
mythology
? In what context have they heard it? Encouragethem to draw as widely as possible on theirown cultural reerences. Students may, orinstance, be amiliar with stories, books,lms, comic strips, or the computer game
 Age of Mythology.
Invite them to share themyths they know with a partner or in asmall group.2. Ater discussing students’ prior knowledgeo the subject, ask them to propose adenition or
mythology.
Encourage themto use a range o dictionaries to check theirsuggestions. Write the dictionary denitionon a large sheet o paper and display it inthe classroom.3. Explain that dierent cultures give riseto their own mythologies and that thereare many similarities among them, suchas creation stories and hero tales. Notethat there are also clear dierences amongcultural mythologies. Ask students to pointout clues rom the cover o 
 Mythology
thatsuggest which culture it draws rom.4. Talk about the image in the center o the cover. What does it suggest? Somepossibilities or discussion include heroes,monsters, action, and the orces o goodand evil.5. Discuss the word
ancient.
Have studentsprovide a dictionary denition. Makea timeline and place the ancient Greek Empire on it. (Note that there aredierences o opinion but that historiansgenerally use the dates between 1000
BCE
 and the death o Alexander the Great, in323
BCE
. Make sure students understandthe use o the terms
BCE
and
CE
.)
 Activities
O
n
D
isplay 
Involve the class in making a display or class“museum.” It might include such elements as:books about ancient Greece and Greek mythology postcards, photographs, and travel postersshowing Greek monumentstravel souvenirs such as postcards, photos,and other materials collected by students who have visited Greece, who may wish toadd inormative labelsmaps and a globedictionaries or identiying word origins
 T
ransfOrm
Our
C
lassrOOm
Consider transorming the entire classroominto a Greek temple. Run a rieze along thetop o the wall, perhaps depicting the twelvelabors o Heracles or the voyage o the
 Argo
 (see the page borders in
 Mythology
). Invitestudents to help create Greek columns rompaper and use them to designate display areas.
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