Summer SAVY Session 4, Day 2, Mythology
Day 2: Another amazing day! We read about Persephone and her misadventures in the underworld with Hades and the faithfulness of Demeter, her mother. What was the purpose of retelling this myth in Greek culture? Was it to explain an unknown scientific phenomenon? Was it to teach character lessons? Both? This took us to discussions about our present knowledge of how our solar system works and the implications for seasonal changes. It also brought about more philosophical ideas. The body of Truth and the head of Falsehood – Wow! This phrase from an African-Cuban creation story during our learning on Monday was repeated often by students today in reviewing other mythological stories. It must have made an impact on our collective thinking.
They began independent research on their chosen god or goddess using a variety of class texts and resources. This was very challenging and also a great opportunity for students to persevere with a difficult task. Students have a choice in the ways they can record their new knowledge and understanding. This is preparing us for our final project presentation to be discussed more tomorrow.
We continue to ask why is mythology so powerful in our culture today and we are documenting evidence of influences, especially from Greek and Roman cultures. Tomorrow will take a quick walk to sketch buildings where we anticipate seeing pediment facades, unifying porticos, arches, and columns (Doric, Ionic, and maybe an elusive Corinthian example). We’ll be looking for those flutes to determine either the Roman or Greek influences. Looking forward to another epic day!