Greek Mythology/ Contemporary Hero Collaborative Lesson Plan Template



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Greek Mythology/ Contemporary Hero Collaborative Lesson Plan Template

Grade Level

8

Instructional Strategies

Activating / Building Background Knowledge, Making Predictions and Inferences, Determining main Ideas, Synthesizing

Lesson Length




Purpose

To identify the major Greek Gods and Goddesses, and contrast them with 20th century heroes.

Objectives

Define the words Hero and Myth and use in them in context

Research a hero from Greek Mythology

Research a hero from the 20th century,

Write and present a speech depicting an assigned Greek god, Goddess, or Hero

Write and present a speech about a contemporary hero

Construct and present a culminating project contrasting a hero from Greek mythology with a hero from the 20th Century



TEKS




AASL Standards




Resources, Materials, and Equipment

Library Computer lab, electronic and text examples of heroic figures from the 20th century, electronic and text examples of Greek mythology

Collaboration

The teacher will collaborate with the LMS to obtain electronic and print sources. The LMS will also teach students how to properly cite sources.

Assessment

Students will complete research notes and Venn Diagrams to prepare their speeches.

Process Day 1

Motivation :

The teacher will write the word MYTH on a large sheet of paper or board. The students will work in small groups to define he word. The teacher will chart responses to construct a class definition for the word MYTH. The teacher will guide student’s recall of myths they have read or heard. Common origins of myths will be discussed such as their role in explaining natural phenomenon like changing seasons, eclipses, and tides. Students will explore other themes associated with myths such as creation, death and the after-life. The teacher will explain that some Greek heroes were vain or lucky while some were resourceful and heroic.



Student Friendly Objectives
Students will define the word “myth” and demonstrate an understanding of the origin and elements of myths.

Students will research an assigned Greek God, Goddess or hero


Presentation: The LMS will demonstrate the use of pre-selected websites and print sources to complete the Greek mythology portion of the assignment. The LMS will also teach students how to cite sources. The LMS and teacher will distribute research notes pages that list the questions to be answered. The teacher will review the facts that should be included in the report (Greek name, powers/responsibilities, family relationships, character traits ,and symbols).
Student Practice Procedures: Students will review the research notes page and questions and begin their research.

Guided Practice: The teacher and LMS will circulate around the room to monitor completion of the research form and answer questions..
Closure: The teacher will give the students a list of contemporary heroes (provided by the LMS) that they can choose from to research the following day. Each student must choose a different hero.

Process Day 2

Motivation: The teacher will write the word HERO on the board. Students will brainstorm words associated with heroes in a small groups. The teacher will chart the responses to form a class definition for the word HERO.
Student Friendly Objective:
Students will define the characteristics of a contemporary hero.
Students will choose and research a contemporary hero from a list provided by the LMS.
Students will create a symbol to represent their contemporary her.

Presentation: The teacher will model the process of choosing a contemporary hero from the list provided. The teacher will create a symbol that represents the contemporary hero based on his or her life and accomplishments. The LMS will review electronic and print resources compiled to complete the research. The teacher will review facts that should be included in the report (name, date of birth, hometown, obstacles, family relationships, character traits, and achievements).
Student Practice Procedures: Students will review the list of contemporary heroes to choose from. Students will review the list of required data to research.
Guided Practice: The teacher and LMS will circulate to answer any questions and review the research notes page as well as citations.
Closure: Students submit an exit ticket listing one similarity or difference between the Greek mythological figure and the contemporary hero they have chosen.


Process Day 3

Motivation: Students are given facts about life in ancient Greece as well as life as we know it today. Students practice using a Venn Diagram to contrast life in ancient Greece with modern life.
Student Friendly Objectives:
Students will complete a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting life in ancient Greece with modern life.

Students will complete research on Greek mythological figures and contemporary figures.

Students will construct a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting their Greek mythological figure and their choice of a contemporary hero.

Presentation: The teacher will pool student responses to complete the example Venn diagram comparing and contrasting ancient Greece with modern day life..

Student Practice Procedures: Students will work to complete a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting their Greek persona with their contemporary hero.

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Students will practice their speech with a partner. Partners will assess each other using the rubric provided.

Guided Practice: The teacher and LMS will circulate and conference with students as they complete their diagram and assignments.
Closure: Students will turn in their peer assessment forms


Process Day 4

Motivation:
Student Friendly Objectives: Students will present a speech to the class describing a Greek mythological figure, a contemporary hero, and the similarities and differences between them.
Presentation

Student Practice Procedures

Guided Practice
Closure


Reflection




Further Collaboration




Extension

Students write a rap song or poetry about their heroes








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