Module 18: Comparing Myths - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this unit students will learn how to recognize some of the different forms that short fiction takes. Students will learn how to distinguish between claims and opinions. They will also learn how to write and support an opinion about something they've read. Students will learn how to support in writing an opinion about what they have read. The books listed for this unit cover myths, fables, and books that deal with opinions to help guide your student in writing an opinion piece.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Spelling 6: Practice 3 None
2 Creation Myths independent reading book
pen or pencil
3 Writing to Compare independent reading book
pen or pencil
4 Mythological Roots independent reading book
pen or pencil

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Spelling 6: Practice 3
2 Creation Myths
  1. Compare and contrast myths from different cultures.
3 Writing to Compare
  1. Write an essay that compares and contrasts two myths.
4 Mythological Roots
  1. Define words with Latin roots that are related to mythology.

Module Key Words:

Key Words Spelling Words

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
2 Creation Myths 4 Comparing Myths Assignment
3 Writing to Compare 4 In Conclusion Assignment

Learning Coach Notes:

Lesson # Lesson Title Notes
1 Spelling 6: Practice 3 To prepare for the Spelling 6: Spelling Test, have your student practice their spelling words over the coming weeks.
2 Creation Myths
3 Writing to Compare
4 Mythological Roots

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
Creation Myths
  1. What is a creation myth?
Writing to Compare
  1. What are the steps you need to follow when you are writing a comparison?
Mythological Roots
  1. What words do we use come from myths?

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
Creation Myths Iroquois Creation Myth
  1. Describe the creation myth from this story; how is it similar to other creation myths you may have heard?
Creation Myths Aborigine Creation Myth
  1. Describe the story of creation from these videos.
  2. Compare and contrast it with the Iroquois Creation myth.

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 The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) Rick Riordan 680L
2 D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths Ingri d'Aulaire 1070L
3 Fables Arnold Lobel 540L
4 Aesop's Fables Don Daily
5 Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist Jess Keating 730L
6 Dr. Coo and the Pigeon Protest Sarah Hampson
7 Class Action Steven B. Frank

Module Outing:

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

# Outing