A blog following teacher Aaron Jura as he plans engaging, yet relevant English Language Arts content for High School students in New Orleans, LA.
Before we start working hard on The Odyssey we needed the background knowledge and context that using Greek mythology and creation stories bring to the theme. Overall, I find that students enjoy the epic tales contained in the pages of Greek myths. Also, the themes you can explore related to characterization and archetypes are unmatched.
If you haven't brought Greek myths into the classroom -- I would strongly encourage it. They not only allow you the opportunity to review theme and character motivations in detail, but also give you a place to talk about archetypes and other important ideas in literature.
We will do about 3-4 of myth before we move into The Odyssey. The summative assessments of this unit include:
Excited to move through this -- we read Uranus today and the kids were mostly disgusted at the family tree. Ha ha ha!
Mr. J is a high school teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. J believes in the power of educators to help children and families achieve. Follow his blog for tips and techniques to keep engagement high and student achievement at the forefront.