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  • 8/8/2019 Sample Digital Lesson Plan


    Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

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    Teachers Name:

    School: Grade Level: 9

    Title/Theme: Heroes in Mythology

    Project Description:

    The lesson is on the concept of hero in Greek mythology and how it relates to Greek culture,

    which will last 5-6 days (depends on presentations). It is part of a larger unit on mythology(mostly Greek) that takes up half a semester. Mythology is important because of how it has

    affected civilizations throughout the ages. For out purposes, we will focus on how it has affected

    the Greek civilization by looking at its heroes.

    Lesson/Unit Outcomes State Learning Standards Addressed

    Learn the major Greek gods and

    goddesses and their Roman


    Learn the major Greek gods andgoddesses and their functions

    Explore the function of mythology incivilization

    Explore the concept of hero and how itplayed into mythology

    Understand the hero model and how it

    characterizes myths and epics Understand how the hero model is

    important to self-reflection, both for the

    hero, the civilization, and themselves

    Explore how mythology is important toself-reflection

    Explore how mythology was importantto the Greek civilization

    Become familiar with the Odyssey,


    1.B.4aPreview reading materials, clarifymeaning, analyze information from

    other sources.

    1.C.4cUse questions and predictions to guidereadings.

    2.B.4bAnalyze form, content, purpose and

    major themes of American literatureand literature of other countries in theirhistorical perspective

    2.B.4cDiscuss and evaluate motive, resulting

    behavior, and consequencesdemonstrated in literature
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    Odysseus, and the concept of hero in

    the epic

    Become familiar with short stories thatepitomize Greek mythology

    Become familiar with Hercules, his 12labors, his other adventures, and the

    concept of him as a hero

    Keep a daily journal for notes andreflections

    Practice multimedia and wordprocessing skills

    Be exposed to peer review

    Other Correlations:





    ILS Applications of Learning Technology Utilization

    Solving Problems X Word processors

    X Communicating Spreadsheets

    X Using Technology Database

    Working on Teams Telecommunications

    X Making Connections X Multimedia presentations

    X Web searches

    Imaging (e.g. cameras, scanners)

    X Presentation

    Other (please list)

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    Lesson Overview/Activities:

    Introductory Activity:

    The students will look at some provided popular sayings that originate in Greek

    mythology then will go into the library and use the computers to find other references thatoriginate in mythology. The students can look up the stories that those saying came from and for

    extra credit write a one-page paper including the saying, a brief description of the story, why the

    saying originates from the story, and how it is now used in society due the following day.

    Daily Activities and Timeframe: (follows PowerPoint presentation)

    Day 1 (87 mins): While in the library, we will discuss the AAM website, how to find itstrue links, and expectations for its use in the PowerPoint presentations.

    We will then go back to the classroom for an overview of the hero unit, including areview the major Greek gods and goddesses, their functions, their place in mythology, and their

    Roman counterparts. I will use the PowerPoint presentation as an overview.

    We will then discuss mythology, its definition, and begin to discuss its importance inancient Greek civilization. Students will begin their journals.

    Students will be given a mini-syllabus with expectations and grading standards, a unit

    organizer, and an abbreviated unit schedule. They will also be given several short storiesincluding those about Icarus, Orpheus and Persephone, Medusa, Atlas, Pegasus, Pandora, Jason

    and the Argonauts, and Echo to read before the next class period.

    Day 2 (87 mins): We will continue our discussion of mythology in Greek civilization.Students will discuss the cultural implications of some of the short stories they read the night

    before. If time permits, they will read another short myth in class.

    We will also begin discussing the concept of hero. Student will be given copies of thehero development model (pictorial representation), which outlines the personal journey of a hero

    as he or she completes their adventure(s). Students will continue their journals.

    Day 3 (87 mins): Students will read the Odyssey in class and discuss Odysseus as a

    hero. They will apply the hero development model to his personal journey back from Troy.

    They will also discuss the themes and other major/minor characters in the epic.

    Day 4 (87 mins): Students will read the 12 labors of Hercules and other short stories in

    class. They will apply the hero development model to Hercules and discuss the concept of hero

    in the stories. Students will discuss how the heroes they have read about played into Greekculture.

    Day 5 and 6 (87 mins each): Students will give PowerPoint presentations. They will begiven a critiquing sheet and complete a peer review of the three presentations before/after their


  • 8/8/2019 Sample Digital Lesson Plan


  • 8/8/2019 Sample Digital Lesson Plan


    Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

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    X Notebooks/Journals

    Models (physical or graphical)

    PostersX Debates

    X Multimedia (e.g. PowerPoint)

    X Classroom Presentation

    Web Pages

    X Other (please list)

    Peer Review form, self-review paper, extra credit paper

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    Pre-identified Web Sites


    (museums, experts, print material etc.)

    Materials & Supplies Needed

    Teacher Resources:

    See above Websites

    Book of mythological stories

    Student Resources:

    Library of Congress

    Odyssey (the epic)

    Book of mythological stories

    Peer evaluation form

    Blank journals (students could providetheir own)

    Copies of Odyssey

    Copies of short mythology stories

    Copies of hero development model

    Mini-syllabus/grading standards

    Unit organizer

    Abbreviated unit schedule

    Access to PowerPoint application

    PowerPoint presentation

    materials/projector hookup Access to overhead projector,

    blackboard, or other lesson

    presentation means
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    Comments or Other Information Regarding Your Unit

    Copyright permission needs to be obtained to use copies of the short stories and epic in

    class unless there is an actual book for each student. Do not forget to hyperlink any pictures used from the Library of Congress.

    Remind your students that they must cite their references.

    Although this lesson plan centers on class discussion, it can be used as a lecture class.

    Students can also be broken into groups for their own discussions about the days topics.

    They could also be asked to do jigsaw, becoming experts on their own story and thengoing back to discuss with other students.

    Another evaluation could center not on individual PowerPoint presentations, but on grouppresentations of what they discussed during the class periods about their stories.

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