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What Makes a Myth a Myth?

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Transcript of What Makes a Myth a Myth?

What Makes a Myth a Myth?
Comparing "Myth of Cronus" and "Shrouded in Myth"

The Lightning Thief: Routine
On your strip of paper, write down a pivotal moment in Chapter 12 of
The Lightning Thief

Pivotal:
to have significance to the development of something else.

links to the word "pivot,” which means to turn quickly
something that is pivotal means it makes other things happen or “turn"
An example of a pivotal moment in someone’s life might be the birth of a sibling, a marriage, or getting/losing a pet.

In groups, discuss why the moment is/is not pivotal in the chapter.


Today's Learning Targets
• I can make
comparisons
between ideas in the "Myth of Cronus” and “Shrouded in Myth.”

• I can get the
gist
of sections of “The Key Elements of Mythology.”

• I can reflect on things that close readers do
.

Comparing & Contrasting
“Myth of Cronus” and “Shrouded in
Myth”: A Carousel of Quotes

Compare
: to notice how two or more things are similar
Contrast
: to look for things that are different

Today we are going to be looking very closely at passages from "Shrouded in Myth" and "Myth of Cronus". We are looking for things that are similar and different in the two passages. Talk with peers and explore ideas with them. You may see things that others don’t see. Others may see things that you don’t see.

Directions:
1.
In groups, travel from chart to chart.
2.
Read each of the passages.
3.
As a group, discuss: “What is similar and different between the two passages?”
4.
On your own, write your thinking onto sticky notes, and
stick those notes on the chart paper.

Comparing & Contrasting “Myth of Cronus” and “Shrouded in Myth”:
Venn Diagram
Venn Diagram:
an organizer for recording how things compare (are alike) and contrast (are different)
Things that are the
same
go in the middle space, and things that are
different
go on one side or the other.
Close Reading, Part 1:
Getting the Gist of
“The Key Elements of Mythology”
Much of what we put in the center of our Venn diagram is common in many myths.

Now, you will get to read a new informational text that will give you more background knowledge about one of the guiding questions: “What makes a myth a myth?”

Informational text “The Key Elements of Mythology”
Elements
: a part of something, especially a part of something that is really important or typical. (This definition will become clearer as we read.)

First Reading: Follow along, as I read aloud.

Second Reading: Reread the text slowly for the gist, with your group.
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