A myth is a traditional, typically ancient story dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes that serves as a fundamental type in the worldview of a people. The purpose of myths is to account for the origins of something, explain aspects of the natural world, or delineate the psychology, customs, or ideals of society. (americanfolklore.net)
This Digital Storytelling Unit is designed to be completed over the course of three to four weeks. Students, working in teams of three to four, will explore core curricular content and be required to make an engaging and creative short video about that content. This Digital Storytelling unit is part of a larger initiative called Meridian Stories (www.meridianstories.com).
Each Digital Storytelling Unit:
• Should take three to four weeks to complete;
• Is aligned to Common Core Curricular Standards;
• Contains an Evaluation Rubric that allows the teacher to clearly score and appraise the students’ work;
• Is designed to be integrated into the classroom; and
• Can be assigned as an extra credit project to teams of students that you think would benefit from this kind of alternative, deep learning experience.
This digital storytelling unit asks student teams to explore the myths of countries other than Greece and Rome – Egypt, Ireland, Scandinavia, Babylon, and China for example. They may also choose to research a Native American myth. Then, re-tell this myth in a fully–produced, twelve-panel storyboard. By ‘fully-produced,’ we mean that the media production must pay close attention to key literary elements such as character, setting, tone and plot.
At the end of the storyboard presentation, a member of the team (or everyone – it is up to the team) must appear on camera and briefly explain why their team chose this myth. In explaining, be sure to a) demonstrate an understanding of the meaning of the myth; and b) connect to their present day selves.
Meridian Stories' Mythological Storyboard
by Meridian Stories
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License