The Twelve Labors of Hercules (Mythology) Task Rotation
Brief Description of Activity:
This is a task rotation activity based on an online informational text about the twelve labors of Hercules. My own 7th grade middle school students LOVED mythology, and this was one of their favorite activities. Task rotation is a great way to provide student choice and differentiate student learning based on the four learning styles (master, interpersonal, understanding, and self-expressive). In this post reading activity, students have an opportunity to choose a task to demonstrate understanding and analysis of a text. Although the tasks differ in type, they all allow for student and teacher flexibility. For this assignment students should:
1. Read the informational text(s) linked below. Students will need about 30 minutes to read the text(s). This can be done as a read aloud, or students may read the text on their own.
2. Hand out the task rotation sheet and rubric. Read and clarify the tasks and explain that students are to choose and complete one option/task from the task rotation sheet.
3. Explain that task rotation allows students to demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and analysis of learning through different products and styles.
4. Encourage students to use the text to provide evidence, details, examples, and inferences.
5. Have students self-assess their learning and finished product using the attached rubric (for student and teacher use).
This activity is flexible and adaptable to the needs of the teacher. Task rotation can be done at home or at school, and it can be done individually or collaboratively. Students can use a wide range of traditional tools (markers, paper, and pencils) and technology tools (computer, camera, software) to complete the tasks. Some students may even want to do more than one task. If you need more help, or want to watch a link to a video tutorial is included.
Common Core Alignment:
This activity supports common core reading standards for informational texts (CCRI1, CCRI3, & CCW4) for grades six through eight and can be adapted to be used in almost any classroom.
• A link to high-quality, high-interest informational text (below). Although the text can be printing, this article is easier to read online and does require Internet access.
• Four task rotation options specifically designed to differentiate learning based on learning styles.
• A detailed rubric for student self-assessment and teacher use.
• A link to a how-to, hands-on video tutorial describing the creation, use, and implementation of the task rotation activity.
Time needed for activity:
• 5-10 minutes preparation
• One or two 50 - 70 minute class periods to read the informational text (link below) and complete the task rotation.
Task Rotation informational texts:
The first link provides a short biography of Hercules. The second link provides a detailed summary of each of the twelve labors of Hercules.
Please leave feedback and let me know how the activity works for you. I will continue to add topical and relevant informational texts, questions, and tasks, so if you find this activity engaging and successful, please check out my other offerings.