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Mythology for High School: Exploring Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, & Villains

Jennifer Smith, M.A. in English (she/her)
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During this 12-week (semester) class, students will read & discuss mythology from multiple cultures and discover how these stories connect people around the world.

Class Experience

US Grade 9 - 12
12 lessons//12 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introduction to Classical Mythology and The Gods
The Mythology of the Greeks; The Greek and Roman Writers of Mythology; The Titans; The Twelve Great Olympians; The Underworld
 Week 2
Lesson 2
The Lesser Gods, The Roman Gods, and The Creation of Mankind
The Lesser Gods of Earth; The Roman Gods; Demeter; Dionysus/Bacchus; How The World and Mankind Were Created
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Early Heroes, Flower Myths, and Lovers Part 1
Prometheus and Io; Europa; The Cyclops Polyphemus; Flower Myths; Cupid and Psyche; Pyramus and Thisbe; Orpheus and Eurydice
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Lovers Part 2 and Adventurers
Ceyx and Alcyone; Pygmalion and Galatea; Baucis and Philemon; Endymion; Daphne; Alphaeus and Arethusa; The Quest for the Golden Fleece; Phaethon; Pegasus and Bellerophon; Otus and Ephialtes; Daedulus
 Week 5
Lesson 5
The Great Heroes Before the Trojan War
Perseus; Theseus; Hercules (Herakles); Atalanta
 Week 6
Lesson 6
The Heroes of the Trojan War
The Trojan War; The Fall of Troy; The Adventures of Odysseus
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Aeneas: Founder of Rome
The Adventures of Aeneas
 Week 8
Lesson 8
The Great Families of Mythology: Part One
The House of Atreus; The Royal House of Thebes
 Week 9
Lesson 9
The Great Families of Mythology: Part Two
The Royal House of Athens
 Week 10
Lesson 10
The Less Important Myths
Midas and Other Minor Myths
 Week 11
Lesson 11
Introduction to Norse Mythology
The Stories of Signy and Sigurd; The Norse Gods
 Week 12
Lesson 12
Review and Final Discussions
Ultimate Mythology Trivia Game; (Optional) Prepare and enjoy some snacks fit for a god/goddess as we wrap up our study of mythology
  • Students will gain knowledge of various mythologies, their influences on each other, and discover the impact that these stories continue to have in culture.
I currently teach several other Mythology classes on Outschool. I previously taught a mythology class to high schoolers using this book in a homeschool co-op setting. I have also taught my children Mythology as part of our homeschool curriculum. I read and studied Mythology in high school and college. I became an adult who continued to immerse myself in the mythologies of various cultures. All topics related to violence or sexual content will be handled carefully and appropriately. Students will be given ample time to express their thoughts and feelings about these stories. Parents can also read through the book with their children.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: available upon request
Feedback: available upon request
Details: Students will be reading an average of 35 - 40 pages per week, with one week requiring them to read 50 pages. There are also a couple of weeks when the reading will be fewer than 35 pages. I have tried to divide the reading into sections that make the most sense.
Frequency: available upon request
Details: Learner progress will be assessed through class discussions and through the Mythology Trivia Game that will take place during our final meeting.
 1 file available upon enrollment
Edith Hamilton's Mythology - https://www.amazon.com/Mythology-Timeless-Tales-Gods-Heroes/dp/0446574759
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
There are some myths that contain violence and sexual content. All topics related to violence or sexual content will be handled in an appropriate manner. I will allow students to express their thoughts and feelings about these stories. Also, parents are welcome to read through the book with their children. 
Students need to purchase Edith Hamilton's book titled "Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes."
Joined April, 2020
Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree in English from Southern New Hampshire University
I teach Literature, Writing, Poetry, Mythology, and Folklore classes for Middle and High School. I also teach a small selection of classes for elementary-aged students and preschoolers.

I have a BS in Elementary Education and a MA in English. I... 
Group Class


for 12 classes
1x per week, 12 weeks
50 min

Completed by 35 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 14-18
2-10 learners per class

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