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Copy of Myths & Epic Tales

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Transcript of Copy of Myths & Epic Tales

Myths & Epic Tales
7th Grade English
Class Objective

Students will be able to identify and describe the common conventions of an epic tale and myth (extended simile, the quest, and circle stories).

Extension Activity:
Create your Own Circle Story!
Now you are all heroes!
What is an Epic Tale?
A long narrative story (sometimes a poem) about supernatural beings or heroes

Hero's Quest
Conventions of Myth
There are several different conventions that are used in both myths and epic tales.
Extended Simile
An extended simile is when a writer introduces a simile and then drags it on over several lines, drawing a parallel comparison between the subject and the object it is compared to.

Ex: From The Odyssey "Its crackling roots blazed and hissed - as a blacksmith plunges a glowing ax or adze in an ice-cold bath and the metal screeches steam and its temper hardens - that's the iron's strength - so the eye of Cyclops sizzled round that stake."
Examples of myths or epic tales?
*Hint* Think about movies!!
Circle Stories
Extended Simile
Hero's Journey
Circle Story
A convention in myths and epic tales in which the story begins and ends in the same place.


Ex: The Disney version of Hercules begins and ends on Mount Olympus
A difficult task or journey that must be undertaken to achieve a goal or earn a reward.

Ex: Hercules had to perform great feats of strength and go to the underworld
Small Group Discussion!
Get into your groups!
You have five minutes... Discuss these two questions
Who is your hero?
What is the best adventure you have ever gone on?

Lets Share!
What is an Epic Tale?
A long narrative story (sometimes a poem) about supernatural beings or heroes

Examples of myths or epic tales?
*Hint* Think about movies!!
What is a myth?
Traditional or sacred stories that are used in order to explain a belief or natural happening
Create your own!
Get back with your group, and together, create an epic tale! Think about what you did this summer, is any of it epic tale worthy?

The Rules are:
You must include at least 2 of the conventions we discussed today!
Respect each other's ideas, this is for fun!
Choose someone who is going to present your story to the class!
You have 10 minutes!

Convetions of Myth
Must include an extended simile & a hero's quest!
Remember- Circle stories begin and end in the same place!!
"Its crackling roots blazed and hissed - as a blacksmith plunges a glowing ax or adze in an ice-cold bath and the metal screeches steam and its temper hardens - that's the iron's strength - so the eye of Cyclops sizzled round that stake"
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