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Activity Overview

Heracles performed many different tasks in order to atone for the murder of his family. Identifying the Twelve Labors is important to know more about Heracles' accomplishments, but each Labor is an interesting story on its own. Students can include some of their own inventions to fill in any gaps.

In addition, students can pull from other Greek myths they know or are learning about to complete a full newspaper page, such as the example above.

For additional templates to include in this assignment, check out our Newspaper Poster and Newspaper Worksheet templates!

Option 1: Narrative

Students can tell a narrative of a single Labor in a paragraph. Students must also include an illustration of the Labor. The example storyboard above uses this option.

Hercules brought peace to the people of Lerna when he killed off the vicious monster, the hydra. Truly only a task for the great Hercules! Whenever the hydra's head was cut off, two more heads would grow in its place. Hercules valiantly beheaded the hydra while his nephew, Iolaos, cauterized the necks to prevent new heads from growing. After Hercules cut off the final head and buried it beneath a rock, the hydra was no more!

Option 2: Newspaper Article

Each of Hercules' Labors were impressive and newsworthy events! Students can write news articles that report his success. They should include fictional quotes from various characters, such as townspeople that were saved, Eurystheus, proud Zeus, angry Hera, or Hercules himself! Students can also choose an unexpected point of view, like reporting for a newspaper for monsters, the gods, or the Amazons.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 4 (Difficult / Complex)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Newspaper Posters

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/1] Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/3] Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/6/3] Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/6/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.

Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)

Student Instructions

Create the front page of a newspaper that describes one or more of the Labors of Hercules.

  1. Click "Start Assignment."
  2. Create a title for your newspaper and a catchy headline for the main story.
  3. Use appropriate scenes, characters and items to create "photographs" for your article.
  4. Include captions for "photographs".
  5. Write the accompanying text for the main story, and any other articles on the front page.
    • You may need to delete the placeholder lines and add new Textables.
  6. Save and submit your storyboard.

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