Cultural Creation Myths: What Myths Tell Us About A Civilization.

This lesson provides exploration of many world myths, from American Indian to Japanese to African myths. Students research the myths and write a compare/contrast essay based on two of the myths. Handouts to aid students in this writing are included. Teachers can use this in coordination with a mythology unit, a compare/contrast writing unit, or a unit on  synthesizing sources.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CLE 3002.3.3
Organize ideas into an essay with a thesis statement in the introduction, wellconstructed paragraphs, a conclusion, and transition sentences that connect...
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Learning objectives: 

Students will:

  • Listen to and discuss in class several different supernatural creation stories.
  • List and categorize basic aspects of the stories, pointing out similarities and differences.
  • Select two of the stories discussed in class and write a 300-word essay comparing the stories and their basic elements.
  • Collaborate in groups to select two of the stories and write a play according to one of the selections provided by the teacher.

Lesson Variations

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