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Where do author's get the ideas for their novels?

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Kathleen Giannandrea

on 16 September 2013

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Transcript of Where do author's get the ideas for their novels?

Where do author's get the ideas for their novels?
Personal Experience
History
Myth and Legend
True Crime/Drama
Myth and Legend
All cultures have their own myths and legends.

There are many reasons a culture develops myths and legends.
Some examples are:
To explain a natural event
To provide instruction on how to behave
To develop belief systems

Suzanne Collins borrowed from two main sources while developing Hunger Games:
"A significant influence would have to be the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur," said Collins of her inspiration for the story, reports NewsTimes. "The myth tells how in punishment for past deeds, Athens periodically had to send seven youths and seven maidens to Crete, where they were thrown in the Labyrinth and devoured by the monstrous Minotaur," she said in the rare interview.
Add a current culture of reality television to some classical roots, and you've got your Hunger Games. "I was channel surfing between reality TV programming and actual war coverage when Katniss' story came to me," Collins said. "On one channel there's a group of young people competing [in reality programming] ... and on the next, there's a group of young people fighting an actual war. And I was tired, and the lines began to blur in this very unsettling way, and I thought of this story."
To get background information on Theseus and the Minotaur, we will watch two videos and read an excerpt of the Greek Myth.
Our Task:
Watch the first video
Take notes in first column of Double T-Chart.
Partner Talk to share ideas
Purpose for Watching/Reading:
EQ: Who is Theseus and why is he fighting the Minotaur?
READ the excerpt from Theseus and the Minotaur:
Remember to Circle key or unfamiliar vocabulary, Underline main ideas, Highlight important details.
Watch the second video.
Note: This video has very few words, mostly visual and audio content.
Take notes in the second column for this video.
Partner share
1. Watch this video for what it can add to your already existing bank of information on Theseus and the Minotaur.
2. Watch this video then determine which of the two videos helped you better understand the Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.
Take notes in last column.

Pair Share to exchange ideas.

What are the similarities and differences between the different forms of media used to convey the information of Greek Myth Theseus and the Minotaur? In your opinion, which was most successful in helping you understand the main ideas? Explain.
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