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Transcript of Myths Intro
myth: a story that reflects the customs and beliefs of a culture.
moral: relating what is right and wrong in a story
fable: a story that cautions the reader or has a lesson to teach.
Origin myth: why something is the way it is
Mythology: a collection of myths or the study of myths
Myths and folktales are the world's oldest stories. An example of a myth....
Do you know any myths that have morals? We are going to break into groups and practice working in a Literacy Circle using the readings we did for homework.
Your group will have 3 in each group.
Word Enricher/Wizard- They are in charge of defining all the words that are difficult in the myth. They will make a poster with all the words and the definitions.
Summarizer- They will be in charge of being able to retell the story to the rest of the class.
Researcher : Will look up information about the Myth and the culture that created it and try to see connections to the story
Illustator: Will create a poster or presentation on the Myth Myths had specific purposes in their cultures. In every culture, however, the main functions of myths were:
To explain the creation of the world and the universe.
To explain the human condition: how and why people were created, why they are flawed, why there is suffering in the world, why people must eventually die, and what happens to people after death.
To explain natural phenomena, such as the setting of the sun and the phases of the moon.
To explain the nature of gods and goddesses and how these deities and humans interact.
To explain rituals, customs, and beliefs.
To explain historical events.
To teach moral lessons. READY...
ACTION!!! Once upon a time...
The chief was sitting at the edge of the village, obviously deep in thought. He sat there for hours and hours, seemingly unmoving. The tribe was beginning to get worried and restless, but nobody wanted to disturb him. An elder eventually got up his courage and walked over. 'Chief,' he asked, 'what's going on? You look so troubled!' The chief just sat there, and the elder thought that he had not heard. Finally the chief spoke.
And he said:
'You know, it's like there are two dogs fighting inside of me all the time - a white dog and a black dog. The black dog is mean and angry. The white dog is good and kind. And the black dog is constantly fighting the white dog.'
The elder looked at the chief and said quietly, 'Chief, so which dog wins?' The chief sat quietly for a moment, and then replied: 'the one I feed the most.' What is mythology?
Why do we use it?
What is the difference between a myth and a fable?
What is a moral?
Why are there morals in stories?