Discover forty words and phrases originating from characters in Greek and Roman myths! This set of lesson plans includes everything you need to teach, reinforce, and assess students’ knowledge of allusions to mythology.
• PowerPoint Presentation – Each slide features the word, its definition, classic artwork (from the public domain) depicting the character, and a brief narrative about the character and how his/her name provides an allusion for the term we use today.
• Posters – Simply print the PowerPoint presentation for a set of 40 posters!
• List of Terms, Characters, and Definitions
• 40 cards – Each card also features the word, definition, and artwork. On the back, a brief narrative explains the character and how the allusion came to be.
• I Have/Who Has Game – Get the whole class involved in this interactive game. Up to 40 students can play!
• Matching Game/Flash Cards – Copy single-sided to create a matching game or back-to-back for flash cards. All forty terms with color pictures are included.
• Test – Twenty matching questions provide a culmination of this unit.
Terms and Characters Addressed:
Achilles' heel - Achilles
Adonis - Adonis
amazon - Amazon
arachnid - Arachne
atlas - Atlas
cereal - Ceres
chaos - Chaos
chronological - Chronos
cupid - Cupid
echo - Echo
fate - the Fates
fortune - Fortuna
fury - the Furies
gigantic - giants
harpy - harpies
Herculean - Hercules
hypnosis - Hypnos
iris - Iris
jovial - Jove
lunatic - Luna
martial - Mars
mercurial - Mercury
Midas touch - Midas
muse - the Muses
narcissism - Narcissus
nymph - nymphs
ocean - Oceanus
oracle - oracle
Pandora's box - Pandora
phobia - Phobos
phoenix - phoenix
psychology - Psyche
siren - sirens
tantalize - Tantalus
titanic - Titans
Trojan horse - Trojans
typhoon - Typhon
volcano - Vulcan
zephyr – Zephyrus
Two files are included: color and grayscale.
These cards address Common Core State Standard for Reading: Literature 4.4 (RL.4.4) - Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
More Literature Units!
This unit is now available as part of Literature Bundle - Grade 4
! You can purchase eight complete standards-based units (including lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, practice, and assessments) plus three comprehensive assessments for a discounted price - - - or pick and choose from the list below:
• RL.4.1 Answering Questions Lesson Plans
• RL.4.2 Finding a Theme Lesson Plans
• Summarizing Unit, Grades 4 & 5
• RL.4.3 Describing a Character Lesson Plans
• RL.4.4 Words from Mythology Lesson Plans
• RL.4.5 Prose, Drama, and Poetry Lesson Plans
• RL.4.6 Determining and Defending Point of View Lesson Plans
• RL.4.9 Comparing and Contrasting Folklore
• Literature Assessments - Grade 4
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• Identifying Text Structure
• Finding Word Meaning
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*All pictures used in this product are in the public domain and may be freely reproduced.