Tartarus The god of the deep abyss, a great pit in the depths of the underworld, and father of Typhon. The following partial list of mythological references and some words they have inspired will get you started. If you are writing about a volcano, you may want to create a character that lives beneath the ground and punches the world above when he's angry, causing an explosion on the surface of the Earth. Which kind of person would you admire, or which do you think matches the real world best? After reading the various headlines, pick one as a class and read the article inside. Folklorists, psychologists and novelists see these stories as critical to sustaining the human imagination and fueling our sense of wonder. We offer courses that address a specific writing need so that you can take the ones that suit your family throughout the school year. Crios The Titan god of the heavenly constellations and the measure of the year.
For instance, a youngest brother, a king, or a woodcutter are all common heroes in folk tales. For example, a character may have powers to move celestial objects or body parts found in other creatures, such as wings. Week 4—Myths Belong to All of Us. Not only that, all instructor feedback is posted to the classroom for all students to read. Hand out copies and ask the class to read the front page.
Then, read and discuss one of the many young adult novels which brings mythical deities and modern readers together, such as Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Schools-in-buildings rarely have students read each other's work. To progress in commerce a merchant needed to be shrewd, so this attribute was assigned to Hermes. Create these characters, carefully planning their powers, personality and relationships so they are believable when you begin to write. We operate on the quarter system, including a summer session. Traditional ancient myths have gods, goddesses and sometimes other supernatural creatures. The Muses, of which there were nine, were nymphs of the mountain springs; they were believed to inspire poets, artists and musicians.
How are these characters different from their male counterparts? There have been many Greek gods mentioned across thousands of stories in Greek mythology — from the all the way down to the many minor gods. This blessing became a curse. Writing leads to more writing, and if you set aside 30 minutes a day for a prompt you will be more confident about your writing. It was considered unlucky to call them by name they had to be called Eumenides the kindly ones! Unlike Ares, she derived no pleasure from fighting, but preferred settling disputes peacefully using her wisdom; however, if need be she went valiantly into battle. That means your kids get the benefit of instructor comments on many papers, not just their own.
Many qualities were attributed to Apollo, for the Ancient Greeks believed that the sun not only gave physical light, but that its light was symbolic of mental illumination. Classes last anywhere from four to six weeks. I have included the writing rubric I use in the resources. At the center was the monstrous Minotaur. For a shorter assignment, print out a for each student to fill out by hand. Heracles, for example, was a demi-God -- his father was Zeus but his mother was a mortal -- and he successfully completed many feats, including ridding the city of Troy of a monster.
Next, discuss how themes present in Greek myths are echoed by modern superheroes and associated fiction, comic books and movies. You're not required to be online at any specific time of the day. With a combined list of suggestions, each person chooses one from the list and writes for five to ten minutes. People usually know they're listening to a myth even before the first couple sentences are finished. They must use natural events to achieve their goals. An initiating incident is the event that sets the ball rolling in a story.
Writing questions are welcomed and encouraged! He challenged Zeus for control of Mount Olympus. Myths tell a story directly, as though it were relating fact. A myth should be couched in formal language, it should evoke the sense of being from time immemorial, and of the three types myths should have the most obvious symbolic connections between the material of your story and the theme. The following lesson plans and activities are designed to build such skills as creative writing, observing, vocabulary development and art appreciation. How Myths Have Influenced Our Language Mythology's influence is evident in our language.
Have students guess the highest-grossing and lowest-grossing movie on the above list. A hero might be forced to learn to care about people after an evil serpent turns his family into trees. Plot synopses for superhero movies can be found at. Pan was considered to be the cause of the sudden fear that sometimes comes for no reason, especially in lonely places. Add flaws to your hero. As the chief source of wealth was cattle, he therefore became the god of wealth. Launch the Brainstorming Machine, click on the Draw button.