Studying Greek Mythology, poetry, or songwriting? This activity leads students to explore the Greek myth of Orpheus, who traveled to the Underworld to free his one true love from the grasp of Hades by singing a beautiful, magical, original song.
This activity contains brief informational text about the legend of Orpheus. (It is not thorough and you might want to provide a more thorough re-telling of the tale based on your student's levels.) It contains examples of standard poetic rhyme schemes such as cinquain, couplet, limerick, sonnet, etc.
Students are given directions to choose a standard rhyme scheme and compose lyrics that Orpheus might have written for his song. Students are reminded to keep in mind the types of things orpheus would want to say to convince Hades that Eurydice deserved a second chance at life and to keep in mind Orpheus' feelings and fears.