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    A Webquest to Inspire Good People Through   
the Exploration of Ancient Greek Mythology

 

This is an image of hercules battling Cerberus
Photograph by Maria Daniels, ( Toledo Museum of Art)
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Hercules/cerberus.html

 

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Essential Question:

What does it mean to be a good person?

 

Introduction:

So, does anyone know what it means to be a good person?  I mean we hear about an awful lot of people who are not so good?  You know!  That bully who was hitting all those kids or the person that was always calling people names or that student that got caught cheating on her exams.  What we don't hear about a lot are those examples of people who is a truly good, the heroes.  So, I ask you, what does it mean to be a good person?

I propose that we hold a Greek-style symposium to develop an answer to this difficult question.   We will work together to share our different ideas and develop a reasonable answer to our question, "What does it mean to be a good person?"  As the host of our symposium, I will be the first to share my own opinions.  After that, you will be free to question my ideas through statements, arguments, or ideas of your own.  Remember, all participants of a symposium must be respectful to one another and really listen to each others ideas.

I believe that the answer to our difficult question "what does it mean to be a good person?"  lies hidden in Ancient Greek myths.  This idea that we can learn from a culture that is so old may sound like a strange idea but listen and I will explain my reasoning.  The Ancient Greeks had a society where they were free to think for themselves, openly discuss their ideas, and express their opinions.  And they did think deeply about many questions and dilemmas that they were facing.  The greatest of the thinkers were called philosophers, which means "Lovers of Knowledge."  You may be familiar with some of the Ancient Greek Philosophers; Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.

The ideas of these philosophers were so respected that they influenced the thoughts and actions of many of the Ancient Greeks.   The Ancient Greeks took these ideas and blended them with fictional events to create stories that we call myths.  Myths are action packed stories of  heroes who must courageously overcome evil.  Many of these myths explain basic truths about life and nature including what it means to be a good person.

I suggest that we:

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Stay on Task:

Task 1: Investigate the Ancient Greeks 
Task 2: Explore the behavior of the Ancient Greek Heroes
Task 3: Discover the Myth Maker in You  
Task 4: Inspire others to be Good People

 

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Missions:

Mission 1: Investigate the Ancient Greeks



This is an image of the Acropolis.  

 

The Ancient Greeks looked up to the heroes of their myths as being the best people of their society. They admired their heroes courage, strength, bravery, willingness to work with others, importance on friendship, generosity, and  humility.  Like today, the people of Ancient Greece look up to their heroes and tried to act like them.  Now, You can investigate how these beliefs affected the Ancient Greeks Daily life.  

I want to learn more about this!

 

 

Mission 2: Explore Characteristics  of the Ancient Greek Heroes


This is an image of Zeus with his thunderbolt
  
For thousands of years, the myths from Ancient Greece have intrigued people.  Their stories  have enthralled us with tales of brave heroes, savage monsters, and powerful gods.  These myths blend fact and fiction that can help us to better understand the behaviors, customs, and way of life of the people of Ancient Greece.  You to can learn how to be good person by reading these myths!

I want to learn more about this!

 

 

Mission 3:  Discover the Myth Maker in You 

  Hercules sneaks up on a sleeping giant, Alkyoneus Your mission is to 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, a mythical adventure where your hero faces angry gods, terrible monsters, and unbelievable odds!  The only question is, "will your hero meet the challenge and overcome the great odds stacked against them?"

I want to learn more about this!

 

 

Mission 4:  Inspire others to be Good People

  
This is an Image of the Theatre at Argos, Greece.

 

Plato and Aristotle, famous Greek philosophers, agreed that once you have learned something that you should share your knowledge with others.  You have learned some behaviors that make someone a good person.  Therefore, your mission will be to that in the spirit of Ancient Greece you must share this information so that others can learn from you.  

I want to learn more about this!

 

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Authentic Assessment:

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Revisit the Question:

What does it mean to be a good person?

 

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Investigate the Ancient Greeks Explore Character Traits of the Heroes
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