Activity Overview

Most cultures have a creation story, and while they may differ in details, there are many themes and ideas that remain the same. Read another creation story from one of many mythologies in different cultures. Create a storyboard that compares the two stories, either as a standalone project or as preparation for a longer written assignment. Consider comparing similarities and differences between two myths' characters, plot progression, or themes.

Example Compare and Contrast T-Chart

Greek Creation StoryBothJudeo-Christian Tradition
Gaea, Eros, and Tartaros emerged from Chaos.

Chaos represents nothingness.
Both stories have an origin from a single being. God created the universe and separated the light from the darkness.

God is an active creator.
Ouranos was born from Gaea.

The sky is a being of his own.
The sky is one of the earliest parts of the world that was made. God created the sky and separated it from the water.

God is the only sentient being.
Ouranos and Gaea had many children. Ouranos imprisoned his children underground in Gaea's womb.

Ouranos creates life through reproduction, but does not want new life!
The earth began to take shape: bodies of water and landforms. God separated land from water and caused plants to grow.

God has the power to create life at will.
Kronos castrated Ouranos with a sickle and takes power from his father, the sky.

The sky remains, but Ouranos has lost his power to his son.
Both stories show a stark shift in the sky. There is the transfer of power from father to son in the Greek myth, and in the Judeo-Christian tradition, dark and light are regulated. God created the moon and the sun so there would be night and day.

The sky now has times for darkness and times for daylight.
Kronos fears losing power.

He eats his own children to prevent them from defeating him.
Both Kronos and God show they are preparing for the future; Kronos is trying to ensure his power remains, and God is providing food and living areas for animals. God created sea creatures and birds.

After God has prepared the world with habitats and food, he creates animal life.
Zeus triumphs over Kronos with the help of Giants and reigns as king of the gods.

The creation of animal and human life is not addressed in this story.
The world as humans know it was finally finished and fully formed. God created domesticated animals and humans.

Humans were granted control of the world in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard comparing and contrasting the Greek Creation Story with the Judeo-Christian Tradition.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Add additional rows as needed.
  3. In the middle column, describe the things that are similar about the creation story.
  4. In the left column, describe the things that are unique to the Greek creation story.
  5. In the right column, describe the things that are unique to the Judeo-Christian story.
  6. Illustrate each cell with appropriate scenes, descriptions, and characters.
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Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 5 (Advanced / Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Type of Activity: Compare and Contrast with T-Charts

Common 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/9-10/6] Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature


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Compare and Contrast
Create a storyboard that compares the similarities and differences between two things.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Comparison Analysis
Text and images include a clear explanation of similarities and/or differences between the categories or topics. These comparisons go beyond superficial elements and show strong understanding.
Text and images include an explanation of similarities and/or differences between the categories or topics, but the explanation may lack clarity or show only superficial understanding in some squares.
Text and images may include no explanation of similarities and/or differences, or they may make only superficial or inaccurate comparisons.
Storyboard Image and Effort
Student clearly shows effort to convey the setting, characters and specific scene of the book. The scene is clearly identifiable based on the graphic depiction.
Student attempts to convey the setting, characters, and specific scene through use of graphics, but the depiction may be confusing, disordered, or lack some detail.
Student does not clearly convey the setting, characters, and scene.
Spelling and Grammar
Student uses exemplary spelling and grammar. There are no errors.
Student makes one or two minor errors in spelling and grammar.
Student makes multiple errors in spelling and grammar.

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