Brainstorm a Myth
This is a Nearpod lesson for the Key Components of Myths that leads to writing a myth using these components
This lesson teaches students asynchronously by examining common key components in myths and having students use these as a guideline to brainstorm their myths over a period of two to three days. They will be using a Nearpod to complete their brainstorming.
Background for Teachers:
Background for Teachers: To teach this lesson you will need an understanding of the basic key components of a myth. A myth is a traditional story, usually of unknown authorship, that deals with basic questions about the universe. The purpose of a myth is to entertain, inform, and/or explain. These do not have to be Greek myths, there are a variety of myths around the world that have the key components. The following are some great resources for reading a variety of myths on your own or as a class.
- Epic!: A free online children’s library app/website. Has many collections of mythology books.
- Ducksters: Has a variety of Greek mythology information.
- National Geographic Kids: Has a variety of Greek mythology information.
- Rick Riordan Website: Has a variety of Greek mythology information on Gods and Goddesses.
Step 1-Goals and Outcomes
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the myth genre as they brainstorm their own myths. The lesson begins with a review of the characteristics of myths in the Nearpod attached below in Section 5. In the Nearpod students will watch the story of King Midas. In this lesson, students will begin to create a myth that imaginatively gives an explanation for something unknown. This could be a natural phenomenon, a human characteristic, or explaining a characteristic of a specific animal. This Nearpod is a great introduction to starting the process of writing a myth.
Step 2 - Planning Instruction
Student Background Knowledge
- Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of the writing process and examining different forms of storytelling for characters, setting, the problem, and the solution.
- They should also have a basic understanding of the writing process.
Strategies for Diverse Learners
- Students can draw out their ideas on the Nearpod or on a whiteboard.
- Going over basic mythology vocabulary with pictures would also be helpful.
- Students can also use speech-to-text tools in Nearpod.
- Have students tell you the ideas for their story orally, or work with a partner to brainstorm.
- Show myths in a variety of formats: text, listening, and videos.
Step 3 - Instruction
Attached to this step is the Nearpod lesson for this resource. Feel free to add it to your library and edit as needed.
Step 4 - Assessments
There is a video in the Nearpod with the story of King Midas. It is an interactive video, so you can informally assess what they already know about character, setting, problem, and solution. It's also a way to gather if they understand specific items that make King Midas a myth based on earlier slides in the lesson.
Students will choose how they want to present their myth and submit their format on the last slide of the Nearpod. The rubric attached below can be used for each of the choices. The choices are creating a graphic novel, writing a story, or creating a play that they act out.
Eventually, the formal assessment will be when they complete the whole myth and are ready to present. Feel free to use the rubric attached to use to grade for a writing project.