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Summer SAVY Session 4, Day 3, From Myth to Modern Legend (Waxman)

Posted by on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 in blog, SAVY.

Day 3:  This morning in Greek Mythology: Myth to Modern Legend, we picked up where we left off with our study of the Hercules myth and how it compares to the animated film. After finishing our Socratic-style seminar, students split into groups and created their own “deleted scene” to make the film more accurate to the original myth. Students created their own props and costumes, and we had lots of laughs as everyone performed their scenes! 

After a quick snack break, we transitioned into the myths of some other heroic figures, especially Orpheus, Theseus, and Perseus. Since Theseus is most famous for finding his way through the labyrinth to defeat the minotaur, students spent time learning about different types of labyrinths in ancient Greece and creating their own maze for their classmates to solve. 

This afternoon, we finished up with the myth of Perseus and watched some film clips to compare different interpretations of this hero’s actions. Finally, we began working on one of our two culminating projects—students started creating board games that interweave the myths we have been studying! We will continue working on this project (as well as a second culminating project) throughout the rest of the week.  

Some dinner table questions: 

  • What scene did you add to the Hercules film and why? 
  • Of the three heroes we studied today (Orpheus, Theseus, and Perseus), which do you think is the most “heroic” and why? 
  • What type of labyrinth did you create? Was anyone able to solve it? 

Have a great evening! 


Ms. Waxman and Mr. Knight