February 3, 2014

Myth Retakes

So, the streak has ended. I had to go to school today, and let me tell you... I was NOT very happy about it. I planned to stop at Starbucks on my way to work to give myself a special treat since I was forced to work today, but my plan was thwarted because I had to spend those precious minutes digging my car out from under the several inches of snow that fell over the weekend. I have no one to blame for this but myself because I never left the house all weekend. Instead, I was stuck like glue to Netflix watching New Girl and An Idiot Abroad. For that, I blame Alison and my mom. :) 

Also because of my Netflix marathon, I didn't make any progress in the books I've been reading, meaning to start, or listening to. So, it wouldn't really be fair of me to link up for IMWAYR per usual. Instead, I decided I'd share with you a really fun activity we did during social studies last week.

We've (still) been studying ancient Greece, which means we get to talk about Greek Myths. We spent several days reading, watching videos, and discussing various myths. 

(If this had happened in my own classroom, I would have divided students into small groups and assigned each group a myth. I would instruct students to read their myths, and use butcher paper to make picture notes, detailing the events in the story. Then, I would have them take turns sharing their myths aloud to the class. The papers would then hang in the room to be referenced for the next activity.) 

After familiarizing students with several myths, we gave them the task to do a Retake. Basically, they had to choose a myth to re-write. They could add a modern twist or change the ending to explain some phenomenon. Students explained why eating pie makes us fat, how rap music was discovered, how evil came into the world... the list goes on and on. 

Students illustrated their comics on 11X17 paper and included the text to their myth retake and a decorative border. They really enjoyed this activity, and our classroom looks awesome with these projects hanging on every wall!

1 comment:

  1. I'll TOTALLY take the blame for the Netflix. New Girl is SO worth it! I'm jealous you have a Starbucks on the way to work. Boo for me. I'm sorry your streak ended. I know you would've rather stayed home and watched NG all day. Lol! XO
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