Explorations

 Discover the Ancient Greek 
Myth Maker in You
                                         
                   

 

Hercules sneaks up on a sleeping giant, Alkyoneus
Maria Daniels  ( Toledo Museum of Art)
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/bio.html

 

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Investigate the Ancient Greeks Explore Character Traits of the Heroes
Discover the Myth Maker in You  |  Inspire others to be Good People

 

 

Essential Question:

Do you have a hero? Is he or she as good of a person as the Ancient Greek heroes were?

 


Introduction:

Most people have someone that they consider to be a hero.  A hero is a good person that you can look up to, you want to be like, or you consider to be a good role model.

I have a modern day hero, Martin Luther King, Jr..  I feel that Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great person that I respect and want to be more like.  His non-violent approach to gain civil rights for African Americans was inspirational to me and has affected the way that I live my life and approach problems that I have faced?  

Do you have a hero? Is he or she someone that you can look up to and say,  "That is a good person?"  

E-mail us your thoughts.

 

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Stay on Task:

Write your own Greek myth that uses your modern hero as the main character.  You'll need to chose your modern hero and discover information to learn more about him or her.  Compare his or her strengths to those of the Greek heroes you have learned about.  Are there any similarities?



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Great Books:

 

 

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Online Resources:


Modern Hero Search 
Search the web to Find Great Information about Your Modern Hero

Google

 

Writing Resources

Process Writing Rubric  A great resource to help assess your writing.
Writing Center  This site is made for a research paper tips but it has great hints for writing myths, too!
Character Traits  A great list of character traits (how a character acts.)
Proofreading, Editing, and Revising  Great ideas for self-conferencing.
Tips For Revising  good suggestions for revising your paper.
Creating A Mental Picture  This .pdf gives some good ideas for detailed writing.
Merriam Webster Dictionary  Use this online dictionary to check your spelling!
Thesaurus.com  A good online thesaurus!
Tips-o-Matic  Writing Tips!


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Activity:

Write your own original Greek myth using your modern hero as the main character. It will be your challenge to focus on the qualities of your modern hero that make him or her a good person while they embark on the adventure of a lifetime.  Your myth will send them on a fantastical adventure where they will face angry gods, wicked monsters, and unbelievable odds?  The only question is, "will your hero meet the challenge and overcome the great odds stacked against them?"

 

***See our Teacher's Tips page for further details on this
 activity or one of our many other creative activities.***

 

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Revisit the Question:

Do you have a hero? Is he or she as good of a person as the Ancient Greek heroes?

For Further Consideration:
The Ancient Greeks often used exaggeration to create a more exciting story.  Can you further use exaggeration to make your myth more exciting?

 

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Explorations Essential Questions  |  Stay on Task |   Great Greek Books (+)
  Quality Internet Hotlists  | Assess Your Work  |  Teaching Tips

Investigate the Ancient GreeksExplore Character Traits of the Heroes
Discover the Myth Maker in You  |  Inspire others to be Good People

 

 



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