Literacy Through Greek Mythology!

October 24th, 2012 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi! It’s Wednesday, October 24, 2012 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

MythWeb

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects of this site))

This commercial website offers many free resources to help students learn about Greek mythology! Learn about the gods, creatures, and heroes from ancient Greece that equip kids to understand vocabulary and references in literature, poetry, the newspaper, blogs, and all forms of communication and entertainment. Consider these basic examples provided at the website:

  • In tribute to Hercules and his Labors, a huge or heroic task is said to Herculean.
  • The Midas touch, or the gift of profiting from whatever one undertakes, is named for a legendary king of Phrygia.
  • A book of maps gets its name from Atlas, the Titan who supported the heavens on his shoulders.

You’ll find many more examples in the “Teachers” section of the website that you can access from the home/landing page. It also includes free suggestions for mythology-themed activities and lesson plans designed to build skills in creative writing, vocabulary development, and art appreciation, along with two free downloadable ebooks titled, “The Heroic Myths” and “The Illustrated Odyssey.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a main menu that includes:

*Gods – Learn about 12 deities that dwelt on Mount Olympus through engaging text and colorful graphics.

*Heroes – Read the comic-book-style biographies of Jason, Hercules, Bellerophon, Theseus, Odysseus and Perseus – in English or Latin! Print them out to read offline too!

*Today – Find out how the Greek myths are relevant today.

*Encyclopedia – Get definitions and descriptions of various characters, places, and events in Greek mythology.

You’ll also find links to other websites with more in-depth information about Greek mythology.

This website is actually a commercial site that offers a CD-ROM of a Greek Mythology game for sale. However, that is one small aspect of this mostly free educational site.

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