Looking for a complete set of mythology lesson plans? Try this free set to round out your current unit. As kids read The Lightning Thief, they learn about characters, point of view, patterns in literature, allusions, and argumentative writing.
Mr. Grow Develops Complete Mythology Lesson Plans
Our favorite fourth grade teacher, Ms. Sneed sat in the conference room with her former student teacher, who now taught at the local middle school. “Since we last met,” she said, “I found these free mythology lesson plans. As kids read The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, they learn more about myths and delve into ELA concepts.”
“This format is great for my students,” Mr. Grow responded. “And if we read the first book, I hope they’ll continue with the entire Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.”
Characters from Greek Mythology Banners
“In the first related activity,” Ms. Sneed continued, “they learn about gods, goddesses, heroes, and creatures.”
Mr. Grow pointed to the resource. “Nice, simple research project,” he said. “I like these banners for my middle schoolers. Not too cutesy. But creative.”
Allusions to Greek Mythology
“Next, you give them this list of 40 allusions. Using a slideshow, you introduce each term. At the end of the unit, they take a test on the term. Look here! Allusions are also built into the novel study.”
Mr. Grow nodded his approval. “Great for building vocabulary and cultural literacy,” he said.
“In the next set of activities, kids read myths about Perseus and Theseus. My favorite part is when they develop the definition of the quest themselves.”
Mr. Grow’s eyes widened. “Constructivism at its best. Critical thinking. This myth unit is getting better and better!”
Perspectives in Literature
“For the next few days, they read two pieces about Medusa. One is a humorous poem; the other is written as a serious narrative.”
Mr. Grow peered at the screen. “Kids compare the author’s point of view. And it looks like they can even write their own piece from a different perspective.”
“During the final week or so, kids write two argumentative pieces. First they explain which character from Greek mythology they’d invite to dinner. Then they persuade the audience to vote for another for president.”
“Five-paragraph essays!” exclaimed Mr. Grow. “Yahoo! My students need to scaffold to this skill. The organizers lay it out perfectly. And look at all of the strategies they’ll use to improve their writing.”
The younger teacher turned to his mentor. “You know, I could use these mythology lesson plans to develop some new materials myself. But I think it’s worth it to just buy the entire set. There’s more than enough for a complete unit. What a time saver.”
“You could even use different materials for different students in your class,” Ms. Sneed said.
Mr. Grow’s face lit up. “Yeah, my principal would love to see me differentiate instruction.”
Over the course of her career, Ms. Sneed realized that there were 6 steps to enjoy teaching. In order to survive, she had to organize, plan, and simplify. Then, to thrive, Ms. Sneed needed to learn, engage, and finally – dive in! Follow the Fabulous Teaching Adventures of Ms. Sneed and learn how you can enjoy teaching too.