Creative Myths


Many teachers do versions of this project,

but the goal of being selected to read to our lower school students seems to be an excellent motivation.

Introduction: To begin the process of brainstorming of these myths, I spend a day in the computer lab, using a Scholastic site: Myths Brainstorming Machine. Students really have fun with these, but I make sure to have a few in-class writing days to check on their progress and to keep them focused.

Text: Edith Hamilton's Mythology

Grade: Sophomores

DifficultyModerate (it really depends on how complex they make it)

Applications: Though I use this to link to Greek mythology, you could certainly apply it to Roman mythology or fairy tale writing as well.

It's time to start your creative myths about natural phenomenon and animals. I’m really excited to read them! Once I have had a chance to read your myth, I will hand it back to you and we will spend a day in class reading them aloud to each other. After that, the best (and most appropriate!) myths will be chosen--by me--to read in the 4th grade classroom. However, before you start, you need to know the following things about your final copy.

 

First and foremost, your myth needs to follow the following guidelines:

1.      Your story must be proofread for spelling and grammar.

2.      You must reference at least one Greek god/goddess.

3.      If it were written out in Times New Roman font, 12 point, it should be at least two pages long.

 

Secondly, once you have finished everything above, you might choose to do the following:

1.      Add an illustration to your myth.

2.      Create a front/back cover for your story.

3.      Print it in an interesting font (noting number 3 above, first).

4.      Add color (but this is IF and ONLY IF you are printing at home, NOT on the school color printer).

 

Yes, work on the second set of guidelines is what might move your paper from a B to an A. However, if you do not follow all of the first set of guidelines, no matter how flashy or bright your final copy, it will not get above a C. The quality of your writing always comes first!