Activity Overview

Prior to or while reading, it is helpful for students to grasp the knowledge of important Greek gods and goddesses. If starting this assignment while reading students can complete this character map to help keep track of important attributes of each god. If completing before reading, internet research may be helpful to establish domains, and characteristics of particular gods that play a significant role in mythology.

Greek Gods and Goddesses

AresMarsKnown as the god of war, son of Zeus and Hera. He is fierce, and the bringer of chaos.
ArtemisDianaTwin sister of Apollo, goddess of the hunt, and represented by the moon.
AthenaMinervaAthena is the goddess of skill, peace, warfare, and wisdom. She was born, fully grown, from Zeus' head.
ApolloApolloThe god of music and arts, knowledge, healing, plague, prophecy, manly beauty, and archery. He is the son of Zeus and Leto and has a twin sister named Artemis. He is identified with the sun.
AphroditeVenusThe goddess of love, beauty, and desire. She is said to be the most beautiful of all the goddesses. She is married to Hephaestus, but had affairs with Ares, Adonis, and Anchises.
DemeterCeresZeus's sister, she is goddess of the harvest and agriculture, responsible for growth. Her symbol is the cornucopia.
HadesPlutoMore than just a god, Hades is King of the Underworld. He is Zeus's brother, and known for his three-headed dog, Cerberus!
HermesMercuryGod of travel, trade, and communication. He is more commonly referred to as the messenger god. He is the son of Zeus and Maia. His symbol is the caduceus, a herald's wand.
Hephaestus VulcanThe god of fire and smithing. He is known for the tools and crafts he creates. He is the son of Hera and the husband to Aphrodite. His symbol is the hammer.
HeraJunoHera is Queen of the Gods, wife of Zeus, and is the goddess of marriage, women, childbirth, heirs, kings, and empires. Her husband's numerous affairs often drive her to vengeful jealousy.
HestiaVestaGoddess of the home and chastity, she is Zeus's sister, and is the symbol of modesty, with her hearth and kettle. Although she plays few roles in Greek mythology, she was a major deity of the Romans.
PoseidonNeptuneBrother to Zeus, king of all the water and its creatures. This Trident waving God is responsible for making many of the animals on land and in the sea.
Zeus JupiterThe king of the Greek gods. He overthrew his father Chronos, rescued his siblings, clashed with the Titans, and settled on top of Mount Olympus. He is the god of thunder, throwing lighting bolts from the sky. Many of the Greek gods and heroes were fathered by Zeus.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Fill out the character map for the Greek gods and goddesses.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Title each cell with the names of the Greek gods and goddesses.
  3. Choose characters from the Greek Mythology or Classical Era character tabs to represent each god.
  4. Choose an appropriate background to show the gods in their domains.
  5. Add items if applicable.
  6. Fill out each box: Domain, Symbol, Associated Myth, & Roman Name.
  7. Finalize images, edit, and proofread your work.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/1] Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/3] Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/6] Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Character Map Template
Create a character map of the characters in the story. Put the character's name in the title boxes and choose a character and scene to represent each one. As you read, take notes on the characters by answering the questions.
33 Points
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17 Points
Character Picture & Scene
The characters and scenes are both appropriate for the book's characters.
Many of the characters and scenes match the book's characters.
More than half of the characters and scenes do not match the characters in the book.
Accuracy of Notes
Most of the information of the notes is correct.
Many of the notes have correct information, but some are incorrect or missing.
Less than half of the information of the notes is correct and relevant.
Work is complete, thorough, and neat.
Most of the sections of the character map were at least attempted and work is presentable.
Character map is unfinished and/or disorganized.

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