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Middle School Mythology Camp: The Greek, Roman, & Norse Myths Behind Our Weekdays
In this weeklong camp, teens and preteens will hear stories about the Greek, Roman, and Norse gods that gave their names to our planets and weekdays.
Rebecca Baumgarten, MA
19 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
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7x per week
over 1 week
learners per class
per learner - per class
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Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries
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Long before telescopes and other scientific ways of learning about the planets, people told myths and legends about them. Only five of what we now call planets were visible to the naked eye, and the ancient peoples also thought of the Sun and Moon as planets. The Greeks, Romans, and Vikings each associated these seven planets with seven of their gods, and the names of these gods are where most European languages get the names of their weekdays. This class is a combination of comparative...
By the end of this class, students will be able to: • Describe the key points of ancient astronomy, including the 7 classical planets • Explain the associations of each weekday with each planet • Name the Greek, Roman, and Norse gods that our weekdays are named after • Identify key similarities and differences between Greek, Roman, and Norse mythologies • Explain the significance of Ragnarok in the Viking imagination
I have both a BA and an MA in English from Texas A&M University, where myths were one of my research interests. I have written a paper (as yet unpublished) on imagery associated with the planet Saturn in Hamlet. Astronomy has been a passion of mine since the age of seven. While at A&M, I was a grader for three different English classes. From several years of freelance tutoring, mentoring younger girls in Girl Scouts, and volunteering as a Sunday school teacher’s aide, I also have many years of experience teaching and working with students from elementary through high school level.
Assessment is informal, through recaps and discussion questions throughout class.
5 hours 15 minutes per week in class, and no time outside of class.
I tell all myths at a PG level. Parents should be advised that many of the originals contain violence and adult content. If this class inspires your learner to learn more, be sure to vet the materials where they find it.
These are some of the sources that inform this course. I don't refer to most of them explicitly to most of them during class. Crossley-Holland, Kevin. The Norse Myths. Pantheon Books, 1980. Hamilton, Edith. Mythology. Hachette Book Group, Inc., 1942. Lewis, C.S. The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature. Harper Collins, 2012. Seznec, Jean. The Survival of the Pagan Gods: The Mythological Tradition and Its Place in Renaissance Humanism and Art, Bollingen Series XXXVIII, translated by Barbara F. Sessions. Princeton University Press, 1953. Sturluson, Snori. The Prose Edda: Tales from Norse Mythology, translated by Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur. Dover Publications, Inc., 2006, republished from original by American-Scandinavian Foundation, 1916.
Rebecca Baumgarten, MA
The Wonder of Words
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
19 total reviews
25 completed classes
My name is Rebecca Baumgarten. I have a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Texas A&M University, focusing on the fiction and scholarship of J.R.R. Tolkien. The class year on my Aggie Ring (2020) is the average of my two graduation years: 2019...