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Transcript of Writing Myths
by: Donna Jo Napoli
Writing Genre: Myths
Students need experience with mythologies before they will be able to understand and write them. The following mentor texts from the genre of mythology are recommended to be introduced to students before having them write myths of their own.
Myth Writing Prompts
- Students will write their own myth explaining one of the prompts.
- Here are some examples:
- How time was divided into night and day
- How rainbows were formed
- Why coyotes howl at night
More examples for prompts can be found here http://www.teacherspayteacher.com/Product/Origin-Myth-Prompts-373376.
Students of all ages can write myths! Here are some ideas to use in your classroom to teach writing myths.
Myth Comic Strips
- Students will use boxes to put illustrations in and may add captions, labels, or dialogue to tell the story.
- An example lesson plan for middle or high school classrooms can be found here http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Creation-Myth-comic-strip-351063.
- Can also be adapted for elementary.
Myth Graphic Organizers
- Students will be provided with a graphic organizer to focus thoughts and the aspects of a mythology before writing.
- Various graphic organizers for writing myths can be found: at http://teachinginroom6.ca/2012/10/reading-and-writing-myths.html and http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Teaching0Myths-463964
Mythical Illustration Writing
- Show students a mythological picture and allow them to write a myth that would go with the illustration.
- Can also allso students to choose one of a few illustrations.
- A google search for "mythological illustrations" gives a lot of good pictures, but be sure to choose one that is appropriate for your grade.
A myth is a fictional story that often takes place in the past and sometimes includes:
- Gods or other mythological creatures with super human characteristics
- An explanation of a natural event
- Magic or magical people or animals
- A lesson to be taught
- A problem with a creative solution
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Mythological Mad Libs
- Younger students can fill in a teacher made mad lib, with certain words missing.
- Older students can write a summary of a myth they have read and remove key words or phrases to be replaced. They can then use their own summary to make a new myth with their mad lib outline.
- An example lesson plan can be found here http://www.education.com/activity/article/mythological-mad-libs/.