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CREATE YOUR OWN ORIGIN MYTH!
Due: ___________
Just as the Native Americans started the first American literature with the passing down of origin myths, you will now do the same. Your origin myth will explain the creation of some aspect of the natural world using many of the same elements as Native American myths.
Requirements:

Writing of the origin myth: Your writing must be in narrative format, include the use of personified animals, elements of the natural world (earth, fire, wind, water), to explain the creation of EITHER humans OR the earth or both. You must include the creation of one of these. You must also include the creation of TWO other natural phenomena outside of human control, and it must have evidence of a personal cultural value (i.e. forgiveness, hospitality, friendliness, etc.). The myth must be titled and of 1.5-2 pages in length (typed, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double spaced).
Illustration: Include a drawn illustration on an 8.5x11 sheet of white computer paper. A LARGE MAJORITY of the illustration must be in color (almost no “white” showing), and you must use the whole sheet of paper. This drawing will visually represent the creation of ONE of your phenomena (Earth, humans, or other of your choice).
Explanation: Write a paragraph of at least 10 sentences explaining how/why your story is a valid creation myth. Be sure to explain the role that animals, elements, and spirits/gods play in your myth, as well as how the cultural value manifests itself and why it is important to the myth. This should be on a separate sheet of paper (typed, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double spaced).
CREATE YOUR OWN ORIGIN MYTH!
Due: ___________
Just as the Native Americans started the first American literature with the passing down of origin myths, you will now do the same. Your origin myth will explain the creation of some aspect of the natural world using many of the same elements as Native American myths.
Requirements:

Writing of the origin myth: Your writing must be in narrative format, include the use of personified animals, elements of the natural world (earth, fire, wind, water), to explain the creation of EITHER humans OR the earth or both. You must include the creation of one of these. You must also include the creation of TWO other natural phenomena outside of human control, and it must have evidence of a personal cultural value (i.e. forgiveness, hospitality, friendliness, etc.). The myth must be titled and of 1.5-2 pages in length (typed, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double spaced).
Illustration: Include a drawn illustration on an 8.5x11 sheet of white computer paper. A LARGE MAJORITY of the illustration must be in color (almost no “white” showing), and you must use the whole sheet of paper. This drawing will visually represent the creation of ONE of your phenomena (Earth, humans, or other of your choice).
Explanation: Write a paragraph of at least 10 sentences explaining how/why your story is a valid creation myth. Be sure to explain the role that animals, elements, and spirits/gods play in your myth, as well as how the cultural value manifests itself and why it is important to the myth. This should be on a separate sheet of paper (typed, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double spaced).

NAME: ______________________

Origin Myth Rubric




Written Origin Myth ________ / 50

Illustration ________ / 20

Explanation ________ / 20


General Effort and Creativity ________ / 10



NAME: ______________________

Origin Myth Rubric




Written Origin Myth ________ / 50


  • Meets minimum length

  • Explains origin of Earth or humans

  • Explains 2 other natural phenomena

  • Includes use of worldly elements

  • Includes personified animals

  • Includes cultural value

Illustration ________ / 20


  • Represents the creation of a natural phenomena

  • 8.5x11 white computer paper

  • majority is colored

  • appears as if valid artistic effort is put forth

Explanation ________ / 20


  • Paragraph of at least 7 sentences

  • Defends validity of your origin myth

  • Explains roles of animals, elements, and spirits

  • Explains Value

General Effort and Creativity ________ / 10

  • Origin myth is valid yet creative

  • Appears as though student put in a valid effort


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