This lesson can become an ongoing reading day in class with students actively participating and discussing! Warning: You will need to stock up on Sticky Notes!
First: Teach the elements (spread it out over 1-2 weeks) as an introduction course to Greek Mythology.
The elements found in Greek Mythology are (but not limited to):
- Assumption (gods, goddesses, places, or terms are just thrown out there and it is "assumed" that you know, even if you don't! For these, encourage students to pull out the unfamiliar terms thrown at them, and look up a fact about the unknown person, place, or thing mentioned!)
- Symbolism (What objects are in the story? What deeper meaning could they hold to us now?)
- Belief in Mythology (Where do you see worship practices, rituals, or belief that these stories were real?)
- Lack of Character development/introduction (Do the characters seem flat? Underdeveloped in comparison to a novel you have read before? What is the defining character trait of this flat character?)
- Storyteller syntax/sentence structure (Where does the story have a "too good" to be true quality? A "once upon a time" story vibe? How does this create the overall mood of the piece?)
- Has a moral or message (What did you see as the ultimate message? Each myth or story contains a message!)
Second: Have the students review the model sticky notes (see handout). It makes a fun discussion to have students read the examples before giving them 20 minutes to search for the same element in their assigned class or group myth. Exit slip: What did you find? Share it!
Third: Have a Sticky Note "Quiz" in which students submit the sticky notes they have left in their books. They place the notes in the appropriate element boxes.
Fourth: Grade using the rubric. You can also cut out and attach my rubric with point explanations to each student's sticky note quiz.