Module 17: Mythology - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this unit students will learn how to identify themes that two or more stories share. They'll also learn how to back up their claims about recurring themes. Students will learn another skill for participating in collaborative discussions--how to review ideas shared during the discussion. Students will learn what idioms are and how to recognize them. The book list for this unit are books to help with finding common themes (read the first three books on the list and work together to find a common theme) and to teach idioms.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Spelling 6: Practice 2 None
2 Mythological Beings independent reading book
pen or pencil
3 Allusions independent reading book
pen or pencil
4 Allusions as Context independent reading book
pen or pencil
5 Using References independent reading book
pen or pencil

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Spelling 6: Practice 2
2 Mythological Beings
  1. Identify key characters from various cultures’ myths.
3 Allusions
  1. Define and identify examples of an allusion.
4 Allusions as Context
  1. Use allusions as clues for determining a word's meaning.
5 Using References
  1. Use reference materials to confirm allusions to mythology.

Module Key Words:

Key Words Spelling Words
context clues

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
5 Using References 2 Researching Narcissus Assignment

Learning Coach Notes:

Lesson # Lesson Title Notes
1 Spelling 6: Practice 2 To prepare for the Spelling 6: Spelling Test, have your student practice their spelling words over the coming weeks.
2 Mythological Beings
3 Allusions
4 Allusions as Context
5 Using References

Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
Mythological Beings
  1. What is a myth?
  2. What are supernatural characters?
  1. What is an allusion?
Allusions as Context
  1. How can you use your knowledge of mythology to understand what people say, or what they write?
Using References
  1. How do you use references to find information?
  2. What is a footnote?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
Mythological Beings Daedalus and Icarus
  1. Describe the mythological creatures in this video.
Mythological Beings Jason and the Golden Fleece
  1. Describe the mythological creatures in this video.
Allusions The Myth of King Midas
  1. What was this myth about?
Allusions Telling Tales: Midas
  1. What was this story about?
  2. How did it allude to the original myth of King Midas?
Allusions Orcs
  1. Where did Tolkien's orcs get their start?
Using References Telling Tales: Narcissus
  1. What was this story about?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 Spork Kyo Maclear 570L
2 The Bad Seed Jory John AD390L
3 The Good Egg Jory John 510L
4 Why the Banana Split Rick Walton 390L
5 In a Pickle: And Other Funny Idioms Marvin Terban 780L
6 There's a Frog in My Throat Pat Street

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing