If you are like me, that is exactly what you thought when you read this new common core objective:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
If one thing is for sure, I could not stand mythology when I was in school, so the thought of me having to teach anything related to it just freaked me out. Plus, when I went searching for material related to this common core objective, there was absolutely nothing to be found. Don't you hate it when we get objectives to teach and yet there are not really any lessons prepared to help us out. I mean, I know we are capable of designing lessons, but sometimes it just makes things difficult. As in the case of this mythology lesson, I won't kid around, I had to read and search to find the descriptions of these characters from mythology. It took me some time, but I hope you like the finished product.
This mythology lesson does not really teach mythology itself. It really focuses on the basics of the common core objective listed above. I put together some mythological character descriptions to help kids understand that these characters have traits based on their actions in the stories from mythology. I then put together some common phrases used in today's time that might pop up in literature that make reference to these character traits, such as "opened Pandora's box". When students see these phrases, they will have a better understanding of the fact that they allude to the characters found in mythology. In addition, there is a little illustration activity where students take products from today's time and see how these product names actually originated from mythology. A few examples, are Trident gum and Amazon.com.
I hope your kids have fun with this lesson.
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