Greek Myths In Today's Classroom


One of the best ways to engage my students has always been through reading great literature. I have many favorite stories, and I've shared several of them with you.  This month, however, my class is beginning our Greek Myths unit.  This is one of my favorites because from a literature perspective it is an important unit to teach, and it is so engaging for my students.

Greek myths have been around forever - literally!  They are referenced throughout novels, movies, and history.  For students to have a firm understanding of future literature they will need to know the key players of Greek mythology.

Greek myths are also fun.  When taught using age appropriate
resources (like my Greek Myths Bundle Unit), Greek myths are full of so many learning opportunities for elementary students.  I think it's the “black and white” format that kids understand right away: There are often clear heroes and villains in place to teach valuable life lessons. At the same time, Greek myths teach these lessons without being preachy, or predictable.  The other great draw is that the protagonists have innate “superhero appeal” thanks to their supernatural powers.

Greek myths give children a strong literary foundation. Many Greek myths draw heavily on drama and pathos, concepts children will need to have a firm grasp of in order to understand high school-level reading. (Shakespeare in particular refers back to Greek myths on many occasions). Greek myths should be viewed in a prototypical light where Western storytelling is concerned. Even the beloved Harry Potter series gives nods to Greek mythology.

Greek myths were created at a time when people were directly dependent on the land.  As a result, they can help children understand just how connected we really are to the planet. Happy teaching!


1 comment:

  1. I love to read great literature always. When I was a student I am always try to read favorite stories too. It was my habit. Do you know about custom writing paper service? I want to know about this because I need some essay for me. Thank you so much for this writing and keep posting things like this.

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