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About Greek Mythology
Definition: Greek mythology is the collection of legends and myths involving the gods, heroes, and rituals of the ancient Greeks. Though the Greeks viewed them a true, these tales retain a significant mythical portion.greece-20628535.jpg

General Purpose: Greek mythology gives us insight into Greek origins, the significance of Greek culture, and Greek practices. These myths are an essential part of Greek history, as they were also key in the Greek religion. They detailed how the Greeks explained natural phenomena, rivalry and friendship, different cultures, and taking pride in one's ancestry.

General Audience: Greek myths are for all. As for contemporary readers, those that enjoy fantasy fiction may love to read Greek myths.

Genre's Conventions: Greek myths were originally oral and poetic in form. Greek mythology is now literary. Greek myths myths typically contain the following characteristics:

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  • Journey
  • Intervention of gods and goddesses
  • Supernatural aactivity
  • Problems caused by greed and jealousy
  • Explanation of origin
  • Lesson to the reader

Greek mythology does not contain spiritual teachings and varied widely, with no formal structure

Summary: The most famous Greek ancient poet kn9own to most in our culture is Homer, the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. Little is known about Homer, but his epics are at the beginning of the Western canon of literature and have had a great influence on the history of literature. The Iliad and the Odyssey focus on events surrounding the Trojan War. These epics are the oldest known Greek literary sources. The tragic playwrights Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripedes are also well known and took their plots from myths of the Trojan War.
Greek mythology can be found in a large collection of narratives and Greek representational arts, such as vase paintings. The myths explain the origins of the world and a wide variety of gods, heroes, and mythological creatures. Initially, these accounts were oral narratives told in poetic form, but today they are known through Greek literature.
Lesson Plans
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The Muse Creative Writing Scholarship Project
This project combines Greek mythology, creative writing, and real life skills into a CCGPS aligned performance assessment. Find out more about this assignment here.
Activity #1: Introduces the Muse Creative Writing Scholarship Project and focuses on writing resumes.
Activity #2: Focuses on writing a letter of intent.
Additional resource: Sample Letter of Intent

How to Write a Greek Myth
How-to book providing students with specific steps to write a Greek myth
Cover Introduction Directions
Additional resource: Sample Greek myth

Assessment: This project is assessed using a writing rubric.

Annotated Bibliography: This brief annotated bibliography offers a few samples of Greek mythology.

Teaching Mythology Creatively: Suggests fun ways to teach mythology
Mythology Teacher's Guide: A comprehensive guide to teaching mythology using Mythology: The Gods, Heroes, and Monsters of Ancient Greece by Lady Hestia Evans
Mythology Teacher: Site offers teaching materials, videos, web quests, and textbooks to aid in teaching mythology