If you are a 4th grade teacher using the Common Core Standards for literature for the first time, you may have found yourself wondering how you were going to address the following standard:
RL.4.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
I taught mythology for the first time this year, and my students absolutely LOVED it! (They would have continued on all year if we didn’t have other genres to cover!) This resource provides a nice structure to use with whatever myths you choose to read. It provides an engaging introduction to the topic of mythology and will help students understand what allusions are. Students will learn to identify 13 different allusions that come from Greek mythology. I include my sources for myths as well as online video links. I also provide templates for summarizing, comparing/contrasting with Venn Diagrams, and analyzing character traits which can be used with any myth.
You will receive:
• Interactive 20-page PowerPoint slide show
• 20-page printable Student Booklet that follows along with the PowerPoint and covers 13 allusions
• Additional PowerPoint slides and printables for practice with summarizing, Venn Diagrams, and character traits
• “Awesome Allusion” Template for creating a classroom display of allusions
• “Fakebook” or “Greekbook” profile template to create a home page for a favorite character
• Assessment with answer key
This product does not include the actual myths, as different people have their favorite versions. Rather it provides an interactive way to discuss and analyze allusions present in our everyday language today that have their origins in mythology. Since not every myth has an accompanying allusion, I include templates for summarizing, character traits, and Venn diagrams. You can choose which activity suits the particular myth you are reading.
• Opening Pandora’s Box
• The Midas Touch
• Trojan Horse
• Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts
• Achilles’ Heel
• A Face That Could Launch a Thousand Ships
• Cupid’s Arrow
• Herculean Task
• The Weight of the World on Your Shoulders
Thanks for checking out my file. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Cathy McGaffin, aka Downeast Teach