Studying Greek Myths Creates a Strong Literary Foundation
From a literature perspective Greek myths are an important unit to teach, and they are so engaging for students. 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.
Myths give children a strong literary foundation. Much of Greek mythology draws 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 myths on many occasions). 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 Create an Engaging Unit
Studying mythology is fun. When taught using age appropriate
resources (like my Greek Myths Bundle Unit), the myths are full of so many learning opportunities for elementary students. I think it’s the good and bad format that kids understand right away: There are often clear heroes and villains in place to teach valuable life lessons. At the same time, they 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. This makes the myths a natural draw for children.
They create an Understanding of a Different Time Period
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. Greek myths are great for for students to study, and most importantly they create a fun and engaging literacy unit. To see how I use these tips to teach guided reading, click here. Happy teaching!