This is a six unit curriculum study on mythology. With instructional pacing, all lesson plans and supplements (minus materials such as videos and such), and a general database for English classroom use, this will span 84 days of instruction.
This unit will introduce students to the structure and purpose of myths in society. As
students become familiar with the enduring patterns and motifs found in mythology, they
will gain a greater appreciation for the continuity and tradition of our literary heritage as
a reflection of the collective experiences of humankind to make meaning and explain
the world around us.
The big ideas embedded through this unit are:
• Whether passed down orally or retold in a literary format, myths follow identifiable
patterns and contain common motifs.
• Myths are stories which provide an understanding of the world around us.
• Myths straddle the line between folklore, religion, fiction, and science.
• The purpose of myths is to explain the unexplainable, to amuse, to unite, and to
Included in this 9-12 Mythology Curriculum are essential questions, acquired knowledge, acquired skills, major assessments, instructional materials list and where to obtain, interdisciplinary connections, technology connections, accommodations and modifications.
Unit 1: Mythic Meaning, Structure and Creation (Pacing – 8 Days) 1
Unit Benchmark Assessment 4
Unit 2: The Classical Tradition as a Reflection of Society (Pacing – 18 Days) 5
Unit Benchmark Assessment 8
Unit 3: The Hero’s Journey (Pacing – 18 Days) 9
Unit Benchmark Assessment 12
Unit 4: Epic Literature (Pacing – 10 Days) 13
Unit Benchmark Assessment 16
Unit 5: Comparative Mythology (Pacing – 12 Days) 17
Unit Benchmark Assessment 20
Unit 6: Mythology Applied: The Art of Allusion (Pacing – 18 Days) 22
Unit Benchmark Assessment 25
Appendix A: General Databases for English Classroom Use 26
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