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This pack of handouts, assignment sheets, and journal prompts contains references to the following stories in mythology, and is meant to be used in conjunction with Donna Rosenberg's infamous World Mythology text. The stories not contained in her textbook are included here or can be found royalty free on the internet.
Zeus & Leda
Philomela & Procne (associated files waste_land_pt2; titus_andronicus_summary)
Christian Creation (Genesis 1)
The Theft of Idun's Apples
The Theft of Thor's Hammer
The Death of Baldr
The Story of Job
Actaeon & Artemis
The questions for journals are higher order, critical thinking questions that will challenge students to do more than find a "correct" answer. You can alter these assignments to be literature circle discussion topics, individual journals, projects, writing assignments, or whatever you can imagine.
Also included in this pack:
The Matrix and Monomyth - this journal is an option for teachers who would like to demonstrate Joseph Campbell's monomyth by watching The Matrix with students and completing the following journal. You will have to provide permission slips or media releases as required by your district. The pack also includes a "help sheet" for the journal, and I have included the presentation and teacher notes to go along with the assignment. However, it may still require some outside research or reading for you. This was a massive undertaking that I made because I am a fan of both Campbell and the Wachowski film. It is a very thorough, very college-influenced lesson plan.
Evan Palmer's Ainulindale - this journal comes with an electronic assignment to look at Evan Palmer's visual representation of a creation myth from a fictional universe (J.R.R. Tolkien, "Ainulindale." The Silmarillion.) Palmer's comic takes a complex story (which students are also free to look up and read) and boils it down to a series of stunning images. This is a fantastic "meeting days" assignment, as it can be easily administered by a substitute.
Documentary Journal "Greek Myths: Tales of Travelling Heroes" - This documentary is on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hwfup7dpJdY) and follows Dr. Robin Lane Fox (of Oxford University) and his thesis about the Euboeans' travels throughout history, collecting myths and language from various cultures. The documentary takes some time to watch, but it is fascinating and students typically enjoyed it. The journal assignment is brief, but used to take at least 45-60 minutes for students to complete.
I hope that the relationship between files and information is easily understood, however, if you have any questions about using this unit, please contact me. I designed and taught this class from the ground up, and so it is quite detailed.