In Year 3 this term I am embarking on teaching students about myths from different cultures and times.
This week we started on what a myth is and how to tell the difference between a myth, legend, folktale and fairytale.
But what made this lesson higher order is what we did next.
Choose a natural phenomenon and find as many myths as you can about that phenomenon
Example: Myths about the Sun
Key Questions using the KAPLAN Model for Depth and complexity
- BIG IDEAS- What are the big ideas behind the telling of this myth?
- PATTERNS – Are there similar patterns throughout the different myths?
- UNANSWERED QUESTIONS – What was the characters motive? What was the purpose of the sun before this myth? Why was this myth created?
- CHANGES OVER TIME – Has the myth changed over time? How are our viewpoints of this natural phenomenon influenced today?
Have you taught myths in your classroom? I would love to know what you have done!