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Activity Overview


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 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.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 4 (Difficult / Complex)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Modern Day Adaptations: Parody and Satire

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/5] Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1–3 up to and including grades 9–10)
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/11-12/3] Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences


Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)



Student Instructions

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.



Rubric

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



Create Your Own Greek God Rubric Template
Create your own Greek god! Write a short story involving this new Greek god, keeping in mind the typical character traits and themes you have read about in Greek mythology.
Advanced Proficient Emerging Needs Improvement
Elements of a Greek God
Student included an appropriate domain, power, symbol, and weakness (or negative trait) for the new god.
Student included three of the following: an appropriate domain, power, symbol, and weakness (or negative trait) for the new god.
Student included two of the following: an appropriate domain, power, symbol, and weakness (or negative trait) for the new god.
Student included only one appropriate domain, power, symbol, or weakness (or negative trait) for the new god.
Creativity
The student demonstrated high levels of creativity. The student clearly made references​ back to the text using humor, wit, or other artistic means.
The student used some creativity throughout their storyboard. The student included subtle originality that showed understanding of Greek mythology.
The student did not use creativity and mainly took traits and events from other Greek gods.
The student used little to no creativity.
English Conventions
There are no errors in spelling, grammar, or mechanics throughout the storyboard. All writing portions reflect careful proofreading.
There are a few errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics throughout the storyboard. All writing portions show some proofreading.
There are several errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics throughout the storyboard. Most writing portions do not reflect proofreading.
Errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics in writing portions of the storyboard seriously interfere with communication.




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