Ms. Cassandra Sherburne « Teacher Connection / Documents / Calendar
After spring break, we will look at The Odyssey as well as various myths and folk tales.
Literacy Due May 1
Prompt: Research one Greek god, goddess, or important Greek mythological figure, and make a
poster board (following MLA style conventions) sharing the information below.
1. Select a Greek god, goddess, or mythological figure to research from the “Greek Mythology” list.
List can be found under the PDFs.
2. Find three reliable sources about topic to use in your paper. You may use reliable websites,
but you must use at least one printed text (book, encyclopedia, etc.) and one online database.
Wikipedia is NOT A RELIABLE SOURCE!
3. Read your three sources and note any important information you should discuss in your paper on the “Notes Sheets” (one notes sheet per source).
Each source should provide you with at least 10 pieces of information—if a source doesn’t provide enough information, find a different one!
Try to avoid pulling the same information from each source; the more information you have, the better off you’ll be.
This information should include, but is not limited to:
a. Who your figure is and what he or she represents (what is he or she the god/goddess of)
b. Why is your figure important to Greek mythology?
c. Other names (Greek only, please) by which your figure has been known
d. Who your figure is related to – mother and father, siblings, and children (if any)
e. Characteristics of your figure
f. Symbols that represent your figure
g. Sacred animals, colors, etc. associated with your figure
h. Interesting myth(s) associated with your figure
4. Begin drafting your research paper with the information you have learned about your god/goddess.
Be sure to give credit to all of your sources (using parenthetical citations and works cited entries) and to use quotation marks when necessary.
Your thesis should reflect the information you find interesting about your figure.
Example: Dionysus is a Greek God with an interesting family history, a unique personality, and who is represented by numerous symbols and animals.
o Please be sure to include in-text citations for all quoted and paraphrased information. Use quotation marks when you are using the words exactly as they appear in the source.
o Your paper should have an introduction, at least three body paragraphs, a conclusion, and a Works Cited page.
• Greek Gods and Goddesses:
• Family Tree of Greek Gods and Goddesses:
• Images of Greek Gods and Goddesses:
After spring break, we will be reading Oedipus Rex, Antigone, and Medea.
DUE May 1st
1. The Greek Chorus: (Purpose, function, strophe, antistrophe. Compare function of chorus to related characters in modem movies.
2. Dionysus: (Greek god—background, mythical stories, etc)
3. Dionysian Festival: (Why did the Greeks celebrate? What happened during the celebration? What was the drama competition all about? What are tragedies, comedies, and satyr plays?)
4. Greek gods: (compare and contrast the older Greek earth gods: the Furies, the Fates, Cronos, etc with the Olympian sky gods: Zeus, Apollo, Athena etc. Review the myth of the overthrow of Cronos. Contrast the manner in which the gods deal with humans in terms of justice. Identify and explain the Oracle at Delphi.)
5. Greek Theater: What was the physical structure of the theater? Who was the first actor? What did the masks look like and what was their function? What special effects did the Greeks use?
6. Aristotle: What was his definition of tragedy? Explain terms such as anagnorisis, hamartia, peripeteia, hubris, catharsis, etc. Give a biography of Aristotle's life and work.
7. Socrates: Research a biography of Socrates' life. Explain the Socratic method and give an example. Examine and explain some of Socrates' most famous philosophies (An unexamined life is not worth living; know thyself, etc.)
8. Pericles: Give a biography of Pericles' life. Explain his part in developing the "Golden Age of Greece." What public works projects did he develop? Show examples and explain these projects. Offer detail on Greek architecture.
9. Research famous Greeks: Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Democritus, Plato, Thucydides etc. Elaborate on the contributions they made to Western Civilization.
10. Greek Dramatists: Research the lives and contributions to drama made by Sophocles, Euripides, and Aeschylus. How did they change Greek Drama? What was their status in society? What was the focus of their tragedies?
While researching your topic, fill out the Notes Sheets. Notes Sheet PDF can be found below. You will need at least three sources and Note Sheets for your assignment. You will then make a poster board (following MLA style conventions) sharing about your topic.
Notes Sheet: Source #1 (Online Database)
• Author’s Name: ____________________________________________________________
• Title of Article:_____________________________________________________________
• Title of Journal:_____________________________________________________________
• Volume: __________________________________________________________________
• Issue Number: _____________________________________________________________
• Year of Publication (n.d. = no date): ____________________________________________
• Pages (n.pag. = no pagination): ________________________________________________
• Date First Accessed: ________________________________________________________
Teacher Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 7 - 7:35 am
Tuesday - Friday 2:55 - 3:30 pm
Students are encouraged to take charge of their learning and see me to schedule time to review material that they could use additional help with. Students should NOT wait until the day before an important assignment is due or a quiz is scheduled. Part of being a successful student is the need to be an organized and prepared learner.
http://www.fsassessments.org - Information about the new state exam
www.pearsonrealize.com - Textbook link
https://moodle.tvcs.org - Moodle link
A sample MLA formatted paper is available to you through the following link on the VCS Media Center's page. This sample paper was provided by Lake Sumter State College. Please review this prior to submitting any essays. MLA format is a requirement.
Another wonderful writing resource is the Purdue Online Writing Lab, also known as the Purdue OWL. I will refer to this site in class often. Click here to access the site.
Antigone Mask Project - Directions and Rubric for project
Game board rubric - Rubric for the tenth graders
Genre Comparison Chart - Odyssey/O Brother
Greek mythological figures - Choose one for your project
Notes Sheets - This will help you with your citations
O' Brother Where Art Thou - Comparison Chart
Storyboard rubric - Rubric for the ninth and tenth graders
Writing Prompt - O Brother