Myths and legends activity

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Welcome, year sevens. I am sure you already know who I am, as (if I may say so) I am very famous. I am Zeus, King of the Greek Gods.

Welcome I am sure you already know who I am, as (if I may say so) I am very famous!I am Zeus, King of the Greek Gods.

2You have been specially selected by the great heroes of myths and legends from all over the world to take part in a number of courageous and challenging tasks

3 but never fear, you will not be expected to battle through these labours alone!, you will compete against each other to win each of the five gruelling tasks. The winning teams will be rewarded with golden points.

4The great champions of past myths and legends are watching over you and are getting ready to celebrate the great champions of the future!

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Planning your Myth OR LEGENDWhat do you need to do to create a legendary myth?OpeningTitleCharactersComplicationYour questCrisisTensionResolutionHow does the myth end?

Myths&Legends Myths tell of beginnings and ends, creation and destruction, life and death. They explain the how and why of life. The word myth comes from the Greek muthos, meaning a fable or word. Wherever people have lived together, they have told stories about how the world came to be made, how people and animals came to live in it, and the characters and actions of the god or gods they worshipped. When a myth comes into existence it is believed in a peoples heart and soul. Because of this, myths are more than just stories; every myth has a glimmer or truth.

Myths&Legends

All mythologies start by telling of the creation of the world and mankind. The Greeks, the Vikings, the Egyptians, the Chinese, the Japanese, all the peoples of Africa, and all the 500 nations of the Native Americans each had their own version or versions of the creation. Our Questions: How did the world begin? How were people created, and why? While creator gods may choose to leave the world once their work is done, other gods and goddesses constantly meddled in the lives of men and women.

Some gods even fell in love with mortals (humans), and from their relationships came many of the heroes of mythology, who have incredible strength, intelligence or sneakiness!

What are legends?

A legend is a semi-true story, which has been passed on from person-to-person and has important meaning or symbolism for the culture in which it originates. A legend usually includes an element of truth, or is based on historic facts, but with 'mythical qualities'. Legends usually involve heroic characters or fantastic places and often encompass the spiritual beliefs of the culture in which they originate.

Myths&Legends

Myths&LegendsUrban legends.A modern myth. A frightening untrue story in which the storyteller insists is true, but has no evidence to back up. Also, it never happened to the storyteller but someone removed from them.

12PLANNING YOUR OWN MYTH OR LEGENDIn your project you need to complete the following:Come up with a story line including opening, complication, crisis & resolution.Create a PowerPoint narrating the story.Create a script for the actors for each section for your performance at the end of the day. You have until fifteenth of March to organise this.

In your project you need to complete the following:Come up with a story line including opening, complication, crisis & resolution.Create a PowerPoint narrating the story.

Create a script for the actors for each section for your performance at the end of the day. You have until fifteenth of March to organise this. EXTRA CHALLENGESo, what are the five labours you will bravely face?A test of observation: you will watch a true heros quest and complete a task that will test your knowledge.A test of wits: you will use weapons of words to construct a heros tale.A test of creativity: you will use your skills to create monsters, heroes and Gods.A test of bravery: you will need courage to make the weapons required by heroes.A test of teamwork: you will need to show a united front to pull together all of your tasks in a spectacular finale!14

EXTRA CHALLENGEMaking props & masks8END OF SCHOOL YEAR)You need to make the props for your characters in your myth. E.g.MasksWeapons (swords, daggers)CrownsClothingThese are to be worn during your performance.