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Trading Cards and Greek Mythology: The Perfect Mix

written by: Trent Lorcher • edited by: SForsyth • updated: 1/17/2012

What do you get when you cross baseball with Classical Mythology? Myth cards.

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    Use this Greek mythology lesson plan to motivate students and decorate your classroom.

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    Materials Needed

    • Two slices of paper - cardstock preferred
    • Colorful writing utensils
    • A chart denoting Classical deities
    • A laminating device (optional)
    • A good imagination
    • Books and other sources on Classical Mythology
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    Instructions

    • Assign each student a Classical Mythology deity.
    • Students will make baseball cards, but with Mythological deities instead of baseball players.
    • Front of the card should have a colorful picture, name of deity (Roman and Greek), his or her realm, symbol, and should cover most of an 81/2 by 11 slice of paper.
    • The back of the card should include a paragraph summary of the deity's character, and a bulleted list of his or her major accomplishments.
    • Students should present the myth card to the class.
    • Hang the cards on your classroom walls and bulletin boards.
    • Humbly accept accolades from administrators, other teachers, and parents at open house. :)
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    Myth Card Assessment Rubric

    'A' PROJECT

    • Front Picture: Front has color picture with name and realm of Greek immortal.The picture reveals something about his or her character, i.e., symbol.Picture and title should take up an entire 8 ½ x 11 page.
    • Back Paragraph: Student writes at least 8 legible sentences which summarize the immortal’s character, with no punctuation or spelling errors
    • Listing of Events: All 8 events are written in complete sentences and are from actual mythological stories.Two website addresses are included
    • Presentation: Student explains personality of character in a loud, clear voice that everybody can hear and understand. Student shares his or her favorite tidbit about the character.

    'B' PROJECT

    • Front Picture: Front has color picture with name and Realm of Greek immortal but the picture does not reveal his or her character or does not take up entire 8 ½ x 11 page.
    • Back Paragraph: Student writes at least 6 legible sentences which summarize the immortal’s character, with no more than 2 punctuation or spelling errors.
    • Listing of Events: Only 6 events are recorded. Two website addresses are included
    • Presentation: Student explains personality of character with favorite story or event about character, but does it in a manner which can not be easily understood by teacher and/or students.
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    While this lesson outlines the use of Roman or Greek deities and myths, you can easily adapt the plan to highlight other cultures as well, such as Aztec or Nordic mythology.