7th Grade Literature
© 2019 by M Johnson. Ontario Middle School

Greek Mythology

The Ancient Greek Myths

We will begin the year with a focus on Greek mythology. The first text will be Hesiod’s version of the Creation myth. Students will take notes over the early deities, research the Olympian gods, and read a few traditional myths and participate in a Greek play.

Greek Creation Myth

There are many versions of creation as told by the ancient Greeks; however, we will focus on those tales based on Hesiod and to some degree, Homer. Students will have a skeleton outline to follow in class as they complete the notes for each section (see above). I will orally provide the rest of the outline’s content. If a student is absent, they will need to copy the notes from the classroom notebook or copy from a friend. *Greek mythology is nonfiction; it is describing a culture which once existed. Greek tales themselves are fictional; the characters are not real.

Greek Myth Selections

As we proceed through our unit on Greek mythology, students will be grouped according to their current individualized reading levels with selected texts assigned. Students will need to read each selection and complete the study guides and worksheets. All of the texts should be properly annotated noting the vocabulary words and definitions. Students will be permitted to use those annotated texts on their Greek mythology exam at the end of the unit.

Struggling Readers:

Complete the myth chart (major characters)  

Read only the following 3 myths and complete all worksheets 

Demeter & Persephone    Audio

Vocabulary Study Guide Questions Plot Diagram Character

Daedalus & Icarus     Audio

Vocabulary Study Guide Questions Plot Diagram Character

King Midas     Audio

Vocabulary Study Guide Questions Plot Diagram Character

Fluent Readers:

Complete the myth chart (major characters)

Read the three myths above plus 2 more:

Echo & Narcissus       

Vocabulary Study Guide Questions Plot Diagram Character

Arachne

Vocabulary Study Guide Questions Plot Diagram Character

Honors:

Complete the myth chart (major characters)

Read all of the five myths above plus 3 more:

Prometheus - Informational Nonfiction

Vocabulary Study Guide Questions

Orpheus

Vocabulary Questions Character 

Heracles - Informational Nonfiction

Vocabulary Study Guide Questions  

Notes:

Students will be expected to have copies of the following notes written in their notebooks. Outline #1 - Definition/History/Beliefs Outline #2 - Greek Terms Outline #3 - Creation - Primordials to                                 Titans Outline #4 - Creation - The Rise of the                        Olympians Outline #5 - The Titanomachy

Projects:

Strugglers - Create Olympian Flags Fluent - Create Olympian Note Fans Honors - Heracles Vase
7th Literature
© 2019 by M Johnson.

Greek Mythology

The Ancient Greek Myths

We will begin the year with a focus on Greek mythology. The first text will be Hesiod’s version of the Creation myth. Students will take notes over the early deities, research the Olympian gods, and read a few traditional myths and participate in a Greek play.

Greek Creation Myth

There are many versions of creation as told by the ancient Greeks; however, we will focus on those tales based on Hesiod and to some degree, Homer. Students will have a skeleton outline to follow in class as they complete the notes for each section (see above). I will orally provide the rest of the outline’s content. If a student is absent, they will need to copy the notes from the classroom notebook or copy from a friend. *Greek mythology is nonfiction; it is describing a culture which once existed. Greek tales themselves are fictional; the characters are not real.

Greek Myth Selections

As we proceed through our unit on Greek mythology, students will be grouped according to their current individualized reading levels with selected texts assigned. Students will need to read each selection and complete the study guides and worksheets. All of the texts should be properly annotated noting the vocabulary words and definitions. Students will be permitted to use those annotated texts on their Greek mythology exam at the end of the unit.

Struggling Readers:

Complete the myth chart (major characters)  

Read only the following 3 myths

and complete all worksheets 

Demeter & Persephone    Audio

Vocabulary Study Guide Questions Plot Diagram Character

Daedalus & Icarus     Audio

Vocabulary Study Guide Questions Plot Diagram Character

King Midas     Audio

Vocabulary Study Guide Questions Plot Diagram Character

Fluent Readers:

Complete the myth chart (major characters)

Read the three myths above plus

2 more:

Echo & Narcissus       

Vocabulary Study Guide Questions Plot Diagram Character

Arachne

Vocabulary Study Guide Questions Plot Diagram Character

Honors:

Complete the myth chart (major characters)

Read all of the five myths above

plus 3 more:

Prometheus - Informational

Nonfiction

Vocabulary Study Guide Questions

Orpheus

Vocabulary Questions Character 

Heracles - Informational

Nonfiction

Vocabulary Study Guide Questions  

Notes:

Students will be expected to have copies of the following notes written in their notebooks. Outline #1 - Definition/History/Beliefs Outline #2 - Greek Terms Outline #3 - Creation - Primordials to                                 Titans Outline #4 - Creation - The Rise of the                        Olympians Outline #5 - The Titanomachy

Projects:

Strugglers - Create Olympian Flags Fluent - Create Olympian Note Fans Honors - Heracles Vase