Like Hercules, Theseus is a hero of many adventures. Have students retell one (or more) of his heroic encounters in the style of a TV episode, or perhaps a skit that will actually be filmed in class. For this activity, students need to move beyond the words on the page and reimagine the myth as a television episode or video. Students need to consider setting, theme, characters, point of view, and more when devising a movie storyboard!
Theseus encountered quite a few villains in his day:
|1||Establish the shot||Narrator: When we last left Theseus, he had discovered his true identity and set off for Athens.||Theseus walks toward the camera from a distance.|
|2||Zoom in on Periphetes||Narrator: Periphetes the Club-Bearer. He is the son of Hephaestus and Anticleia. His favorite pastimes include whacking people on the head with a bronze club and robbing their corpses.|
|3||Cut to full shot||Periphetes: Halt, Traveler! I am Periphetes. Don't worry, you won't need to remember my name for much longer. I shall beat you with my bronze club!||Periphetes jumps out from behind a tree. Theseus is startled.|
|4||Cut to mid shot||Theseus: Wait... is your club REALLY made out of bronze? I've heard the stories, but I just can't believe it.||Theseus shows disbelief and disinterest.|
|4||Mid shot||Periphetes: What?! How dare you! I am the mightiest! Take a look for yourself and see my great bronze club!|
Narrator: He's got him now!
|Periphetes gives Theseus the club.|
|5||Cut to full shot; slow zoom in and focus on Periphetes||Narrator: Our mighty adventurer gave Periphetes exactly what he deserved: a knock on the noggin! Next time on the Adventures of Theseus: Sinis the Pine-Bender!||Periphetes lies on the ground. Theseus walks away|
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Grade Level 6-12
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Group
Type of Activity: Modern Day Adaptations: Parody and SatireCommon Core Standards