Turn a content-heavy lesson into a fun activity with an engaging research project and a creative task. I have completed this with a range of grade levels, near the start of our mythology units, and the students are always totally engaged and determined to show everyone what they can really do.
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Remembering all twelve Olympians and understanding their history is a challenging task, but this resource makes it easy. In this lesson, students choose one or more Olympian gods to research and create a poster. We know, from research, that memory is aided with visuals so what better way for students to help each other's learning by producing these display items for an authentic audience of their peers? Let's face it - the Olympian gods capture the imagination, so pair this with a creative outlet and you've got a winner of a lesson.
And don't be put off by the idea of untidy posters hanging on your walls - simple instructions for how to make student posters go from, 'Oh well, you did your best...' to 'Wow!' are included (online access required).
Ideas for the creative use of technology are included, but don't worry - if accessing ICT is an issue for you, most of the lesson can be done offline (assuming your library has information on the Olympian gods - if this is not the case, get in touch and we can work out a solution).
For online access, I have included selected links for the students to begin their research.
This lesson includes:
* Full teaching instructions
* A slide deck for presentation
* A PDF of the full resource
* An editable Word document including pages you can edit to customise for your students - not least the content checklist and design rubric!
* Ongoing support from me - I am happy to answer your questions!
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Image credit: 'Wreathed head' icon produced by Gilad Sotil of the Noun Project
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