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A Lesson Plan on Turning a Myth Into a Play

written by: Kellie Hayden • edited by: Laurie Patsalides • updated: 1/17/2012

Students can learn a great deal about mythology by selecting a specific myth and working as a group to write a script. The fun begins when they practice and perform the play for the class.

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    Choosing the Myth

    There are many myths from many cultures. Whether the class is studying Greek, Roman, Norse or even Mayan mythology, students can learn so much about the culture through the timeless stories. The best way to lead into this lesson is to study the myths. There are many Greek and Roman mythology resource books available.

    Preparation for Script Writing

    Select many books that have myths from a variety of cultures. Students can read and turn the story into a script. If working with middle school level students or lower level high school students, select books with pictures. For older students, they can use their classic mythology books.

    Steps for Creating Scripts & Acting in a Play

    Step 1 -- Place students into small cooperative groups. The groups should be set up so that some vivacious students are with some quiet ones.

    Step 2 -- Give the group's time to peruse books and choose a myth that they want to turn into a play.

    Modernize Myths

    Step 3 --Tell students that they will need to write a prologue for the play and a script. The prologue will introduce the characters in the play and tell the basic story line. If students choose to modernize the play, then this should be explained in the prologue.

    Step 4 -- Ask students if they want to modernize the myth through updating names of characters or setting the scene in modern-day. Many will choose to go this route. However, some will have fund trying to set the script in the appropriate time period.

    Step 5 -- Students write the script. Students can work in a large group or split the story into smaller segments that groups of two can work on together. The key is that the students are productive and that they can write a script in a set amount of time.

    Practice Plays

    Step 6 -- Students need to practice the play using the script. Copies can be made for each actor and simple props can be brought in for the performance.

    Step 7 -- Perform the play for the class.

    The project can be assessed with a rubric. The criteria for the rubric can be teamwork, script, execution of the play and creativity. It is also good to give an individual grade so that students who choose not to help the group will be assessed individually. A productivity grade can be given individually.

References

  • Teaching experience.

Mythology Project

For the middle school classroom, these lessons about mythology are fun yet educational.
  1. Middle School Research Project on Greek Mythology
  2. Mythology Choice Project
  3. A Lesson Plan on Turning a Myth Into a Play
  4. Review of Mythology for Teens by Zachary Hamby

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