Unit Six: Mythological Foundations of Culture and Society

Unit Six Syllabus

The Gods Project Presentation Page


Greek Gods Website

Telling a Myth

Ten Characteristics of a Myth


Performance Task: Writing a Myth  (Comic Book)

Essential Question(s):

  • In what contexts and for what purposes were narratives created and how can I interpret them?
  • What do narratives have to say about identity, social responsibility, and efficacy (making a difference)?
  • What kind of historical and cultural context do myths reflect?
  • Why do writers from various time periods and backgrounds use mythological allusion?
  • Why should ancient stories be understood today and how do they relate to modern culture?  

Poems that use Greek allusions:

  1. The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats
  2. Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson:
  3. The Bistro Styx by Rita Dove.  Also, this.
  4. Diving into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich:
  5. Siren’s Song by Margaret Atwood
  6. The Sirens by James Russell Lowell
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