Make a Modern Greek God

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Greek Mythology - Modern Adaptation

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Parodies, satires, and modern day adaptation are rich with literary elements. They are valuable assets for teaching students about literature. Through creative writing, students learn to use literary elements in context, committing them to memory.

During a unit on Greek mythology, you can have students create their own Greek god. They can turn themselves, someone they know, or even a celebrity into a god. Students will create storyboards depicting their new god. For this assignment, have students go over the elements of a Greek god in order to create their own:

Elements of a Greek god:

  • Domain:
  • What do they rule? What do they have power and influence over. For example, Apollo is the god of the sun, poetry, and healing.

  • Symbol:
  • What is their power item? Examples: Zeus’s lightning bolts, Poseidon's trident, Athena’s spear.

  • Connection with the real world:
  • What natural occurrence do they control? For example, Aeolus controls the winds, and Demeter, the seasons.


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Create your own Greek god! Write a story involving this new Greek god, keeping in mind the typical character traits and themes you have read about in Greek mythology.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Choose a character to represent your new god.
  3. Depict the character and attributes. Include a creative name, domain, symbols, power, and any weaknesses.
  4. Create a teaser or micro-summary of a backstory, birth/origin story, or significant involvement with a hero's quest.
  5. Finalize images, edit, and proofread your work.
  6. Save and submit storyboard to assignment.

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