A myth (discussion) club is a group of people who meet to discuss the close reading of a myth that they have read. It should be much like a "book club" but for this first time we are going to use our close reading prompts and questions to discuss the myth. When we have finished, we are going to work together to record our thoughts on the theme of the myth and our textual evidence to support it and create a display for the class. Sound like fun? Let's try it!
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Where did they all live this happy life? It is a place now called Mytikas, Greece. Below are some pictures, I don't know about you but I think I might like to go there.
As we prepare to read the myth, create a chart like the one below to help determine the theme of the myth.
In the text it says "Weeping bitterly, he buried his small son and called the land Icaria in his memory."
Does this land really exist? Click here.
After reading and viewing “The Flight of Icarus”: Explain how each of these statements is true for
• In a myth, events occur that cannot happen in real life.
• A mythical character has unusual abilities.
• A myth shows the values of a culture.
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First name Last initial and class period example: CindyF 4
www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/greek-mythologyA myth is a traditional story that attempts to answer basic questions about human nature, origins of the world, mysteries of nature, and social customs. A myth is also a form of entertainment that people have enjoyed since ancient times. Most myths share these elements:
• gods and other supernatural beings with special powers
• supernatural events and settings
• a lesson about life or human nature
Myths may also explain the origins of natural phenomena, such as volcanoes or constellations, or warn against the consequences of human error. Often, myths reveal the values that are of greatest cultural importance to a society, such as honesty, cleverness, and moderation, which means acting within reasonable limits. Myths were used to guide ancient people’s behavior in a way that reflected these values and beliefs.
* A myth shows the values of a culture.
Watch the short video below on Greek Myths (Mythology)
When you have finished watching the video:
What do you need to know?
A myth is a traditional story
A theme is a message about life or human nature that a writer shares with the reader. An example of a theme might be “beauty fades” or “greed can lead to ruined lives. ” Authors might state a theme directly. More often, however, a reader must analyze the story events and characters’ actions to infer, or make logical guesses about, the theme.
A myth often contains more than one theme, and often the theme reflects the cultural values of the society in which the myth was first told. By analyzing the behavior of mythic characters in unusual situations, we can learn lessons about the traits that mattered to a culture. This chart provides helpful questions for determining a myth’s likely themes.
Your answers to the third question can lead you to ideas about life lessons or other big ideas—the themes—in a myth.
Below is a video to review the concept of THEME in literature. The teacher in the video does a great job of explaining the concept. Watch this video, more than once if you need to, and review THEME.