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Greek Mythology Webquest

Introduction     Targets      The Quest      The Process      The Resources      Rubric



Introduction

Every culture has its myths: stories that are connected to the region, traditions, or belief systems of the culture that produced them. Myths tell people where they came from, where they are going, or how they should live. Myths predate science; therefore, they provide imaginative explanations for the origins of things. They answer questions like, “Why is there evil in the world?” or “Why do we die?” or “Why do the seasons change?” 

The stories of the Greek myths are all that remain of an ancient religion. The gods and goddesses of stories represent the metaphors that the ancient Greeks used to make sense of the world around them and of life in general. Those metaphors provided inspiration for a wealth of literature. Since the ancient Greeks began telling these stories in a pre-literature era (before they had writing), at first the stories were passed down from generation to generation in an oral tradition.

The story of the Odyssey, for example, is supposed to have been composed by a blind poet named Homer. Today scholars suspect there was more than one “Homer” who helped shape the final epic, as different storytellers added or subtracted details or episodes. Once poets and dramatists began writing the stories down, they preserved them for future generations. What they preserved, though, is the story as they told it. So we must look at the stories as both religion and literature at the same time. We must treat them with respect.

Targets

  • I can integrate multiple sources of information and present it in a diverse media format

  • I can present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely and logically (using appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation) such that listeners can follow along.


The Quest
    1. Each student will choose a god or goddess to research – only one person per god or goddess.
    2. Students will research their topic.
    3. Students will find 4 resources and prepare a work cited page on your presentation.
    4. Students will become the teacher, and prepare a presentation that will teach the class about your god/goddess. 
    5. Students will use Slides/Prezi to create their visual aide with at least 5 slides.
    6. Students will create a Barbie Doll that represents their researched person.

    The Process
    • Each student will choose a god and/or goddess to research – only one person per god or goddess. (If you do not see the one you want on the list, talk to Mrs. Judd)
    • Students will find four Internet resources and prepare a work cited page in their presentation (this is how you cite an Internet source).
    • Students will prepare an oral presentation that includes a PowerPoint or Prezi (just an FYI: We will be taking notes on the 13 Olympians).
        • Required information for presentation:
          • what they are the god or goddess of
          • major symbols or powers
          • animals
          • who they are related to
          • any other information that you deem important
          • any major stories they are part of

    The Resources
    Rubric