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

Posted by on Thursday, July 13, 2023 in blog, SAVY.

Day 4: Today in Myth to Modern Legend, we focused on the later elements of the Greek mythology canon. In particular, we learned about Jason and the Argonauts, the Trojan War, and the Odyssey. Students concocted their own versions of Medea’s sleeping potion (to make the dragon that guards the Golden Fleece go to sleep) and came up with their own modern versions of the Trojan horse to fool enemies in 2023!

We also learned about Atalanta, one of the most famous female heroes in Greek mythology. Atalanta is known as an athlete who could outrun any opponent, so we had our own footrace to determine the class winner of Atalanta’s race.

This afternoon, we turned our attention to our final projects. Students have two options: they can either create a board game using figures we have learned from Greek mythology, or they can create their own myths using the elements we have learned about what makes a good myth. Most students will be working on both projects, but each student is choosing one to be their “main” final project, and they will present it to the class tomorrow afternoon.
Some dinner table questions:
  • What did you learn about Homer and the story of the Iliad/Odyssey?
  • What modern device did you brainstorm to fool the Trojans in 2023?
  • What are you doing for your final project?
We look forward to a fun final day, and we can’t wait to see everyone’s final projects!
Ms. Waxman and Mr. Knight