If you fly too close to the sun you're more than likely to get burned - or so the story goes. Introduce your students to a fairly popular Greek moral tale about an ambitious inventor and his erstwhile son. I have created a 3-day lesson plan filled with activities to get your students thinking critically about this important mythological text.
Here's what you get out of the box:
Suggested Classroom Use:
Note: The text of the myth is NOT included in this resource but I give you a ton of links to copyright and out-of-copyright versions of the myth. Also, the story is widely available on the web and reprinted in many literature textbooks. I prefer the version of the story in J.F. Bierlein's book Parallel Myths. Also, Leanne Guenther has created a nice, readable version of the story, too.
Note from Stones of Erasmus:
Fly on over to my website but don't get too close to the sun. Keep on the lookout for my lesson on Theseus and the Minotaur. Also, look at other Mythology resources available on my store.
EXTRA! EXTRA! Check out these awesome resources on the Icarus myth:
(1.) by Leanne Guenther (2.) “Icarus and Daedalus” in by J.F. Bierlein (3.) by Edith Hamilton - a tried-and-true anthology of Greek and Roman myths (4.) by Carl Witt - free on Google Books (4) from Ted-Ed by Amy Adkins (5.) from Jim Henson Studios (in this version, it is suggested that Daedalus had killed his nephew Talos because he was envious of his abilities). (6.) (republished by Commonlit) (7.) explained by TV Tropes (8.) (video game) by Nintendo is about a hero named Pit (with wings). The video game was released in 1986-87 for the Nintendo gaming system and relies heavily on Greek Mythology for its content. (9.) & (10) Iron Maiden's song and Phish’s song both allude to the Icarus myth!