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Summer SAVY, Session 4 Day 4, Greek Mythology (Waxman) (5th – 6th)

Posted by on Thursday, July 11, 2024 in blog, SAVY.

Today in Greek Mythology, we focused on the later elements of the Greek mythology canon. In particular, we learned about Orpheus, Atalanta (one of the most famous female heroes in the mythology canon), and Jason and the Argonauts. We even had a class play to dive further into the story of the Argonauts and how they captured the Golden Fleece (with the help of the sorceress Medea).  

Next, we studied Theseus, who is most well-known for traveling through the labyrinth to defeat the Minotaur. After studying the myth, students spent time learning about different types of labyrinths in ancient Greece and creating their own maze for their classmates to solve. It was quite a fun-filled afternoon! 

This afternoon, we continued working on our board games and also turned our attention to our final projects, which ask students to create their own myths using the elements we have learned about what makes a good myth. Students already created a new god or goddess earlier in the week, so they will incorporate that figure, as well as other new and existing mythological figures, into their myth. We will have plenty of time for students to finish working on their myth in the morning, and students will present their work tomorrow afternoon. I look forward to seeing everything that the students create! 

Some dinner table questions: 

  • How did you design your labyrinth? 
  • Which of the myths that we have studied is your favorite and why? 
  • How is your board game coming along? 
  • What is your idea for the myth that you are creating?  

We look forward to a fun final day, and we can’t wait to see everyone’s final projects!