Checkpoint for Final Product
You will be writing an analytical essay on the themes of Homer's "The Odyssey."
You will be reading 3 texts that you will be just taking Cornell Notes on.
The other 6 texts are actually stories from "The Odyssey." These are all islands that he ended up on during his 10 year journey. The stories are not told in order; they are told in medias res, which means in the middle of. This means that you can read them out of order!
4 TBEAR paragraphs
and Cornell Notes on the other 3 texts
I HAVE DECIDED...as of lunch time--you will ALL do your own project, as there are so many cool gods and goddesses and characters we are not covering! So bring me your sticky notes! FCFS...Bolded ones are taken!!
Extra credit for props and costumes!!
Greek Mythology: Sources
In Greek mythology, there is no single original text like the Christian Bible or the Hindu Vedas that introduces all of the myths’ characters and stories. Instead, the earliest Greek myths were part of an oral tradition that began in the Bronze Age, and their plots and themes unfolded gradually in the written literature of the archaic and classical periods. The poet Homer’s 8th-century BC epics the Iliad and the Odyssey, for example, tell the story of the (mythical) Trojan War as a divine conflict as well as a human one. They do not, however, bother to introduce the gods and goddesses who are their main characters, since readers and listeners would already have been familiar with them.
Around 700 BC, the poet Hesiod’s Theogony offered the first written cosmogony, or origin story, of Greek mythology. The Theogony tells the story of the universe’s journey from nothingness (Chaos, a primeval void) to being, and details an elaborate family tree of elements, gods and goddesses who evolved from Chaos and descended from Gaia (Earth), Ouranos (Sky), Pontos (Sea) and Tartaros (the Underworld).
Greek Mythology: The Olympians
At the center of Greek mythology is the pantheon of deities who were said to live on Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece. From their perch, they ruled every aspect of human life. Olympian gods and goddesses looked like men and women (though they could change themselves into animals and other things) and were--as many myths recounted--vulnerable to human foibles and passions.
BOLDED ARE TAKEN...
The twelve main Olympians are:
Other gods, goddesses and monsters
· Eros (Cupid): god of Unity/Relationships and minion to Aphrodite
· Cerebus: 3-headed Hell Hound
· Heilos: sun god
· Pegasus: winged horse
· The Fates(Cloto, Atropos, & Laquesis): Control birth, life, and death with a string
Greek Mythology: Heroes and Monsters
Greek mythology does not just tell the stories of gods and goddesses, however. Human heroes--such as
Monsters and “hybrids” (human-animal forms) also feature prominently in the tales:
Many of these creatures have become almost as well known as the gods, goddesses and heroes who share their stories.
Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses Links:
http://online.infobaselearning.com/Login.aspx?app=Infobase&returnUrl=/Default.aspx (This is the primary site that will be used)
Greek Mythology Activities:
1. Research your assigned god/goddess using the internet, online databases and other approved resources.
2. Create a hand-drawn poster that includes the following:
· god/goddess (Greek and Roman names)
· personal characteristics
· family tree/parents/siblings
· "fun facts" (movie credits, contributions to language, etc.).
*Your god/goddess project will be evaluated based on content (spelling and grammar count), creativity and visual appeal. Your poster CANNOT contain any printed pictures. It MUST be hand drawn.
3. You must include a Work Cited page in MLA format with at least 3 approved sources. (see class website)
1. "The Epic"
2. "Reading the Epic"
3. "Language of Homer"
4. "Circe, the Grace of the Witch"
5. "Calypso, the Sweet Nymph"
6. "The Land of the Dead" also a Graphic comic book to help
7. "New Coasts & Pos's Son"
8. "The Cattle of the Son God"
9. "The Sirens, Scylla, & Charybdis"