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.
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!
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.
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 4 (Difficult / Complex)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Newspaper PostersCommon Core Standards
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Create the front page of a newspaper that describes one or more of the Labors of Hercules.
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