Cautionary Tales for Middle and High School: Mythology Series

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8th - 10th
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Don’t fly too close to the sun. Don’t overstep your boundaries. Don’t feed your own kid as dinner at a dinner party! Don’t throw caution to the wind. Teach a myth-infused cautionary tale unit designed for the middle and high school classroom. Start with Tantalus, the king who fed his son to the gods, and end the unit with Icarus, who flew too close to the sun.

Note — each lesson pack comes equipped as both a print and digital resource (with Google Workspace). The full-text of the myths are not included.

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I recommend using this unit for a middle and high school myth unit! Use it for:

  • Use it as a genre unit on cautionary tales or tales of unusual punishments in history!
  • Use these resources as stand-alone lessons or, pair it with a larger unit on Myth, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Robert Graves's Greek Myths, or Edith Hamilton's Mythology, Parallel Myths.

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Total Pages
156 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.
Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus).


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