The Myth of Daphne and Apollo: Mythology Series (For Middle and High School)

Stones of Erasmus
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Engage English Language Arts Students with the ancient Greek Myth of Daphne and Apollo a tale of unrequited love gone a bit tree-y!

The story of Apollo and Daphne is categorized as a love myth, but there is not a lot of love going on in this story of pursued and pursuer.

Aligned with Common Core Standards, this individual lesson pack prompts students to discuss the myth, to compare it to other works of art, to work in groups, to learn new vocabulary in context, and to complete a writing activity.

  • This resource is optimized for distance learning. The product includes an editable Google Apps link. Modify this resource for student-use on Google Classroom and other classroom management sites.
  • Also, read my tutorial on how to make editable documents using "forced copy".

Use this Digital Download for a Three-day English Language Arts Lesson

Using my tested-in-the-classroom resources, high school school kids will want to discuss the role of gender and power as it relates to Apollo's unrequited love for the nymph Daphne. So I have loaded this resource with discussion questions that will get your students talking and writing! N.B. — The text of the myth is not included in this digital download, but I provide multiple links to the story online.

Common Core Standards: This resource aligns well with the reading literature standard: "Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden’s “Musée des Beaux-Arts” and Breughel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus)."

This Resource Includes the Following Features:

  • 1 Teacher Three-day Lesson Calendar
    • With a teacher-tested-stamp of approval, follow my suggestions on how to teach the myth of Apollo and Daphne in a three-day block. Start with artwork, read the text, engage in questions and quick writing and sharing, and cap off the lesson with a writing activity.
  • 4 Art + Literature Connections (with Visual Aids)
    • Compare the text with famous works of art by Bernini and Turner.
  • 1 Key Characters and Places Worksheet
    • Orient your learners by identifying the key characters and the geographical location of the story.
  • 9 Reading Comprehension Questions
    • Either use these questions as a quiz for after reading or in a discussion or small group setting.
  • 7 Critical Thinking Questions
    • Use these questions for whole-class discussion but I also like to spice things up and get my middle school students moving by having a carousel-style discussion.
  • 8 Frayer Model Vocabulary Cards (with student sample)
    • Frayer models are a way to get kids to think about vocabulary visually in a four-section square —- A square for meaning, one for examples, another for non-examples, and a sketch. It is amazing to see the work they produce. A great way to decorate your classroom to showcase your kids' vocabulary-in-text understanding. The cards contain terms, geography, and challenging words (as well as contextual entries fit to the story).
  • 2 Exit Tickets
    • Exit tickets are a way to get data about your students' understanding of the lesson right before the class is finished. Collect these exit tickets and quickly see what ideas your students picked up about the myth of Sisyphus. I also provide two different tickets to offer academic choice for students.
  • 1 Essay Writing Activity (with visual starter and prompt)
    • Cap this three-day lesson with a fun writing activity that has students reimagining the myth in a modern-day high school — with Daphne as a member of the swim team and Apollo as the high school bro.
  • 1 Further Reading List
    • Don't disregard this further reading list if you think it is merely a bibliography. Share the list with your students or have them do projects based on the research that is available. Assign different sources to students and organize presentations where learning can go deeper into this popular myth.
  • Answer Keys for all student-facing documents
    • Teachers always ask for answer keys for my products so I made sure I gave you plenty of guidance on what to expect from students in their written and oral responses.

I created this resource with high school students in mind. It is designed for an English Language Arts Mythology unit —

  • Use it also in a genre unit on love tales or of unusual lovers in history!
  • Use this resource as a stand-alone lesson or, pair it with a larger unit on Myth, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Robert Graves's Greek Myths, Edith Hamilton's Mythology, or J.F. Bierlein's Parallel Myths.
Total Pages
26 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus).
Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).


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