Course Syllabus 2016-2017 – 2018 World MYTHS & Greek Myths
Planning Period- 4th Block
Power Hour: Open 2nd Half.
Parents and Students are encouraged to join Remind for class updates
Because a student’s ability to function successfully in a global society is directly related to cultural literacy, students will develop an in-depth understanding of the literary heritage of peoples from around the world. This survey course will explore myths, legends and folklore drawn from Eastern, African, and European literary traditions as well as those of North and South America. Students will analyze fiction from diverse cultures reflecting on how the period, values, and society shaped a particular literary tradition. Particular attention will be given to the ways various cultures are connected by common themes.
Reading selections will be drawn from a variety of sources including
Edith Hamilton’s Mythology
Heroes, Gods, and Monsters of Greek Mythology
Literary Cavalcade, Read, and Scope magazines
assorted print and non-print texts
1.A 1” 3 ring binder.
2.Other helpful supplies include highlighter and ink pens. You may also want your own set of colored pencils.
Students are expected to bring materials to class each day and prepare for quizzes and tests. Students are also expected to complete certain assignments outside normal class hours. Completion of outside assignments, in particular, is crucial to student success.
POWER HOUR: Makeup work or tests/quizzes MUST be completed during Power Hour. Any needed notes, etc needed must be done during Power Hour. My OFFICE HOURS during Power Hour will be during the 2nd Half. My room is NOT open for lunch (eating in the room) during pt A or B of Power Hour. .
Students are evaluated through a variety of methods including objective tests, open-response questions, in-class writings, portfolio pieces, projects, worksheets, study guides, and participation (i.e. having needed materials, completing study guides, maintaining a class notebook, making responsible contributions to group tasks). Grades will be determined by a total point system. To figure your grade at any time, simply divide the number of points you have accumulated with the total number of possible points; the resulting percentage is your grade.
The final exam will be 20% of the semester grade.
OUTLINE OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES
The following outline provides the major units of study and general objectives of this course. For each of these objectives, students will engage in a variety of learning experiences that build on material studied earlier in the semester. Materials and learning activities may be subject to revision due to state-mandated curriculum changes and individual class and/or student needs.
The Greek Mythology course is an in-depth study of Greek and Roman mythology and the prominent themes and symbols found in world mythology. During this class the students will:
Identify the functions myths serve in society.
Learn major Greek and Roman gods and goddesses and prepare an outside project.
Examine characteristics of the epic as found in The Iliad and The Odyssey.
Study hero myths—Jason, Theseus, Hercules, and Perseus.
The World Mythology class is a focus on world mythology and examines modern mythological expressions. During theis course the students will
Examine creation myths from around the world—Native American, African, Egyptian, Arabian, Norse.
Search out common archetypal patterns in myths and legends from around the world.
Study literary classics including Arthurian Legend and 1001 Arabian Nights.
Develop an awareness of the use of mythological archetypes in advertising.
Connect past to present by examining modern mythological patterns in George Lucas’s Star Wars.