Folklore and Mythology help

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  1. Mrs. H2O

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    Last week, the high school principal hired me as the new English II teacher. School starts next week. Today, I found out that one of the classes I will teach is an elective: Folklore and Mythology.

    I read The Odyssey and the Illiad in high school English and studied Roman mythology in Latin class.

    We also studied various myths and stories based on those myths in college.

    And I did find some books related to mythology in my classroom, but no syllabus.

    Has anyone else taught a class like this and would you be willing to share any resources you may have or know of?

    Thank you!
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    Try Googling for lesson plans. I'd recommend starting with "lesson plan mythology oklahoma" or even "lesson plan folklore (your district)" to try to find syllabi that work locally.
     
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    Do you have state standards for your class so you know what's expected?

    I would think you'd want to cover myths from various traditions: Greek/Roman, Norse, British, Native American, Chinese, Indian, Middle Eastern, etc. Maybe you can arrange your course based on the part of the world you'll study. You could also organize it by theme: hero's journey, humor, cosmogony, etc. Regardless of how you organize your class, I would think you'd want to spend a great deal of time on archetypes since that will apply to nearly everything you study.

    What are some of the language based objectives you are expected to cover? What writing/reading standards do you have?

    Joseph Campbell's Power of Myth is considered one of the best books on the subject. Definitely worth getting a copy of it!

    Here are a couple of resources:
    http://www.webenglishteacher.com/myth.html
    http://www.mythfolklore.net/3043mythfolklore/
    http://www.camws.org/CJ/Ingemark.pdf
    http://www.mythologyteacher.com/
    http://www.webenglishteacher.com/hero.html
     
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    I taught World Mythology two years ago, and I'd be happy to send you all the stuff--it's in my Google docs.
     
  6. Mrs. H2O

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    Thank you all very much. And myloveasdeep, that was very generous of you.

    Thank you!
     
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    If you are still in need of resources, I teach Latin, so I have a collection of websites, books, etc. I may have some Roman/Greek powerpoints, too. Feel free to PM me, and I can send you a link to some of my Wikis. By the way, if you do cover epics - please don't forget the Aeneid! A translation of the Metamorphosis by Ovid would be nice - I do a mini-unit which includes reading summaries of several stories and a crossword puzzle.

    I saw the lists someone posted - don't forget Celtic mythology. Since so many students are Irish, they always borrow my Celtic myth books!

    Ok, now to books. For you, reviewing Edith Hamilton's Mythology or Bulfinch's Mythology would be a good review. If I'm thinking correctly, Hamilton provides a nice synopsis of basically the Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid, as well as the Trojan War in general. I found some great (as in interesting to students and rather accurate) graphic novels a few years ago called Graphic Myths and Legends. https://www.lernerbooks.com/Search/Pages/results.aspx?k=yqzpdka There's the publisher's site - they mostly include Greek mythology, but they have a smattering of other myths, and seem to be branching out. I actually found them originally at Barnes and Noble. For a great resource on Greek/Roman mythology, I'd suggest Classical Mythology & More: A Reader Workbook. It has exercises and activities, and is a really great resource. The publisher is Bolchazy-Carducci; here's the page: http://www.bolchazy.com/prod.php?cat=myth&id=5734 You may want to look at some of their other products, too, like Rose Williams' The Original Dysfunctional Family and The Clay-Footed Heroes. Both are relatively cheap little books, but have good info. Again, the focus on Greek and Roman, but for example the Family one spends about 2-3 pages on each major god/goddess. She discusses the Greek form then the Roman form. The heroes book includes the epic heroes, plus others like Hercules. I have classroom sets that we use, and both Rose's books and the Classical Mythology book have been borrowed frequently by English teachers at my school. Oh, and the Tell me Odysseus program may be helpful - it's a fully planned Odysseus unit that I've seen and seems really neat - of course, I can't really do it, but you could! It's designed to break up the Odyssey into more manageable stories and enhance the experience for students (plus make it easier on you). Here's the website: http://www.tellmeomuse.com/

    I hope this helps!
     
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  9. Mrs. H2O

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    Thank you very much. This really helped!
     

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