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TO THE TEACHER: It’s true. High school kids DO like to color. And if you look at the various Learning Style Inventories that are out there, Spatial and Kinesthetic are right there front and center. Now, it’s almost impossible to include every learning style in every lesson. But I do like to include these types of activities in my literature units whenever possible. I think most students like a break from more traditional activities. But just handing out coloring sheets is not what I mean. The activity must have an academic goal.
This Greek Mythology Character Urn Activity encourages students to read closely, find textual evidence, analyze character traits, and …you got it, COLOR! You will assign students a character from Greek mythology (or let them choose). Then their job is to find symbols and/or items to represent this character, people that are associated with the character, at least one important quote, and write a brief explanation of their ideas. Then they will apply their ideas to designing a Greek urn to represent their assigned character.
This activity is a good culminating activity for a Greek mythology unit. It also works well accompanying a study of “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats.