This lesson leads students through discussion and related activities surrounding the theme of Mythology.
The lesson activities are:
1. Whole-class questioning about what is mythology and why it exists
2. Showing images of a god and having students guess who it is. Using the familiar characters of Thor and Loki, students are led to think about their individual powers. This prepares students' thinking for the next activitiy
3. Students pretend they are a god, and think about what powers they would have and complete the worksheet table. (Optional: students can draw themselves as a god as well)
4. In pairs, for two minutes, students discuss and explain their choices. The pairs become groups of four and discuss again. If desired, the teacher can then discuss as a whole class.
5. Following the general idea of the 'Telephone' game, students are organized into lines of about 5 or 6 students. A student on each end is given a myth (1 or two sentences describing a famous myth). They need to whisper this myth to the student in front of them, who then whispers it to the next student in the line. When the myth reaches the other end of the line, the student tells the teacher and sees if they are correct.
6. Idioms Balderdash. In groups, students are given an idiom that includes a reference to mythology. They are told the real meaning, but must also create two false meanings. These three meanings are read to the class and the class must guess the real meaning. If the class guesses a false meaning, the group wins a point.
A scoreboard is included in the PowerPoint (good for smartboards) if the teacher would like to keep score at any point in this lesson.