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Human Characteristics of the Greek Gods/Goddesses

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Eddie Walsh

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Human Characteristics of the Greek Gods/Goddesses
Do Now
1)
Which conclusion can be made from the map and your knowledge of Greek History?
a. Greek armies never lost a battle.
b. countries always voted to become part of Greece
c. Greece had become the largest empire in the world
d. many civilizations were influenced by Greek culture

2)

What does the term
polytheism
mean?
Objective & Agenda
Objective
:
I will be able to...
-analyze Greek myths and determine the human characteristics of the Greek gods and goddesses.

Guiding Questions:
-Why did Greek gods/goddesses have human characteristics?
-How did the human characteristics of the gods/goddesses influence their actions in myths?
Why are we learning this?
Were the Greek gods perfect?
While the
Greeks
believed the gods and goddesses controlled
nature
, they didn't believe that they were all-powerful. According to Greek
myths
, even though gods had special powers, they looked like
human beings
and acted like them. They married, had children, quarreled, played tricks on each other, and fought wars.
How did the human characteristics of the gods/goddesses influence their actions in myths?
We are going to read and analyze myths to help us answer this question.

1)
We will analyze a myth about Zeus together.
2)
You will analyze a myth about Aphrodite in pairs.
3)
You will analyze a myth about Apollo independently.
4)
You will analyze a myth about Hera & Hercules for homework.
Guided Practice (15 minutes)
1)
Read the myth about Aphrodite.

2)
Answer the questions associated with the myth in complete sentences.

3)
Add one characteristic
(some options are listed on our board)
and one piece of evidence to our chart for the Aphrodite
Independent Practice
1)
Read the Apollo & Cassandra myth.

2)
Answer questions #5-6

3)
Add a characteristic and evidence under the Apollo part of your table.
Agenda:
1)
Do Now (3 mins)
2)
Lesson Breakdown (2 mins)
3)
Review of Gods/Goddesses (10 min)
4)
Partner Work (15 mins)
5)
Independent Work (15 mins)
6)
Homework (1 min)
7)
Exit Ticket (last 3 mins)
Video Review of Greek Gods & Goddesses
http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/greek-mythology
We are now going to watch a quick clip to review the major figure in Greek mythology.

As we watch, complete the "Video Clip" section on your class work sheet.
Why did Greek gods/goddesses have human characteristics?
Is it easier to understand something if you can relate to it?
Zeus
Hera
Apollo
In addition to answering the questions associated with each myth, you are to complete the "Human Characteristics" chart on you classwork sheet.
-You will list at least one human characteristic for each god.

-You are expected to cite one piece of evidence from one of the myths to explain how this characteristic influenced the god's actions.

*We will do this for Zeus together first.
God
Human Characteristic
Zeus
-Bad Temper

"Zeus was furious. He ordered Prometheus chained to a rock as punishment for stealing his lightning bolt, and for going behind his back to help the humans. "
Exit Ticket
It was there, on the island of Naxos, that Dionysus first saw the lovely Ariadne. (Abandoned by Theseus, Ariadne spent her days curled on the seawall, staring out to sea.) That day, she was fast asleep, worn out with weeping. She took his breath away, she was that beautiful. He waited patiently until Ariadne opened her eyes. She saw a handsome young man, gazing admiring at her. Ariadne felt better immediately. She told Dionysus all about her noble efforts to save Theseus and the children of Athens.

"And look where it got me," she sniffed. "You poor thing," Dionysus said with great sympathy. He immediately asked the lovely young Ariadne to marry him.
Most Greeks were familiar with the personalities and actions of the gods and goddesses they worshiped.

Do people in our society today have a similar base of knowledge for a group of people?

The lives and personalities of the Greek gods and goddesses has had a HUGE influence on our society today (even our planets are named after them!). Many popular companies, stories, movies, video games, and other things are based on or named after the myths of the Greek gods.
3)
Aphrodite spent most of her time causing trouble.
4)
This myth explains that Aphrodite was vain and she would never admit things were her faults, suggesting that she was self centered.

1)
Zeus responded be becoming furious and chained Prometheus to a rock.
2)
This myth suggests that Zeus would get very mad if you defied him.
5)
Apollo was a curious god and that is why he visited Troy.
6)
Apollo became very angry when Cassandra spit on him.
Myths
serve two purposes:

1)
Explain a natural event

OR

2)
Teach a lesson
Refresher!
Home Work:

1)
Read the Hercules myth in your packet

2)
Answer #1-2

3)
Fill in the characteristics and evidence for the Hera and Hercules parts of your chart.
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