Students will be introduced to the idea of lasting cultural influence on present day society. Through discussion, we will review the themes that have traveled through literature descending from the ancient Greeks. In introducing the activity for the day, the teacher will discuss how Greek mythology has played an important role in the English language. The teacher will give one example of a word derived from a Greek myth that was previously discussed. Then the class will be asked, "Can anyone think of any other words that you think have been derived from Greek mythology?" A list will be compiled and then instructions for the activity will by given by the teacher and hand-outs distributed.
Today I want you to understand the relationship between Greek mythology and the English language. During today's activity, you will create a dictionary of English words rooted in Greek mythology to expand your vocabulary knowledge, form connections between history and present-day, and refine your research and writing skills.
The teacher will lead a discussion about Greek mythology and its influence on our world today, particularly in the English language. An example will be given regarding one of the myths that the class has read. Then the teacher will go over guidelines for behavior in the computer lab and the assignment for the day. The students will receive the following instructions:
Greek Mythology Dictionary
As we have learned, Greek mythology has held a strong influence on the world that has lasted throughout time. One area where Greek influence is quite evident is within the English language. Your task as a group is to create a dictionary of significant vocabulary words that have been derived from Greek mythology.
Each dictionary entry should include the following:
The dictionary should be in alphabetical order, binded together, with a coverpage and bibliography of your sources. Each group will be responsible for 20 words, that means 5 words per person. The following websites will be helpful in guiding you in your research, please do not feel limited to these sources, but make sure you cite any additional ones you use:
While the students are working in the computer lab, the teacher will circulate the room to make sure that students are on task and monitor progress. The teacher will also answer any questions and provide suggestions to the groups as they are working. The teacher will remind the students about the remaining time and make sure they are focused. Students will also be able to collaborate their ideas with the members of their group
Even though the students will be working in groups, they will each be responsible for 5 words independently. This means that they must write their own definitions and summaries and proof-read their work as well. This will be done independently with input from the group after completion.
The class will come together at the end of the period to discuss the activity and what they have learned. Do they see a strong influence of Greek culture after this exploration? What have they learned about group work? What strategies did the students use to complete the assignment? How did the final product come out? What has everyone learned from this project? Students will be able to share their reflections and turn in their work at the end of class.
The rubric that will be used for grading their work is attached below