Jason and the Golden Fleece Summary
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 6-12
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group
Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative ArcsCommon Core Standards
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/1] Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/5] Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise
A common use for Storyboard That is to help students create a plot diagram of the events from a story. Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of the plot, but it reinforces major events and helps students develop greater understanding of literary structures.
Students can create a storyboard capturing the narrative arc in a work with a six-cell storyboard containing the major parts of the plot diagram. For each cell, have students create a scene that follows the story in sequence using: Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
Your plot diagram may look very different, depending on student level. The details of the story vary text by text, and you may wish to include Jason's betrayal of Medea after they reach Corinth.
Example Jason and the Argonauts Plot Diagram
Pelias succeeded Kretheus in Iolkos, preventing Aison, Jason's father, from becoming king. Jason's mother saves him and sends him to grow up with Chiron, the centaur and trainer of heroes.
Years later, Hera encourages Jason to journey to Iolkos. He helps an old woman and loses a sandal while crossing the river. Pelias had received a warning from an oracle about a stranger with only one sandal, and sent Jason on a perilous quest.
Jason sets sail with many mighty heroes in the Argo, a ship which shared the prophetic powers of a sacred oak of Zeus. Among the encounters of the Argonauts include the island of Lemnos, Phineus and the harpies, and the Clashing Rocks.
Aietes agrees to let Jason take the Golden Fleece if he can accomplish three tasks. With the help of Medea, Jason succeeds and claims his prize. The Argo heads home, but is chased by the king. To escape, Medea butchered her brother & scattered him in the ocean.
As punishment, Zeus sends storms to blow the Argo off course. The Argo itself speaks and suggests seeking Circe out for purification.
The Argonauts successfully make it home, despite several obstacles.