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Norse Mythology for High School

Jennifer Smith, M.A. in English (she/her)
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In this 8-week class, students will read, analyze, and write about literature through the study of Norse Mythology.

Class Experience

US Grade 9 - 12
8 lessons//8 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
The Beginning of the Worlds
The Tricking of King Gylfi, The World of Ice and Fire, The Creation, Night and Day
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Humans, Yggdrasill, Golden Age
The First Humans, Yggdrasill, The World Ash, The Golden Age in Asgard
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Gods, Humans, Fate, and War
Heimdall in Midgard, The Norns, Loki and His Evil Children, War in Heaven
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Foreshadowing and Ragnarok
The Walls of Asgard, The Apples of Eternal Life, Odin Prepares for Ragnarok; Essay One is due
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Heroes and Villains
Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer, The Story of Trembling Hood, Fenrir the Wolf is Bound
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Thor, Part 1
How Thor Got His Hammer, Thor Fights the Giant Krungnir, Thor Goes Fishing
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Thor, Part 2
Thor in the Giants' Stronghold, Thor's Holiday, The Stealing of Thor's Hammer
 Week 8
Lesson 8
The End, or is It?
The Death of Balder, The God's Revenge, The Ragnarok, Doom of the Gods, The Gods Return, King Gylfi is Tricked Again; Essay Two is due
  • Students will read, analyze, discuss, and write about Norse Mythology.
I am a certified teacher and taught in the public school system for seven years. I am a veteran homeschool educator. I have taken several folklore & mythology courses online, and I have taught literature, mythology, and folklore classes to middle and high school students. I have also led literature workshops for adults. I have a MA in English.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: available upon request
Feedback: available upon request
Details: - Reading assignments are scheduled for each week. - Students will write two essays in this class.
Frequency: available upon request
Details: Student progress will be assessed through class participation and through two written essays. I will use a rubric to assess students' essays.
Frequency: available upon request
 1 file available upon enrollment
- Book: Gods and Heroes from Viking Mythology by Brian Branston (used copies available on Amazon for around $5 - $8; used copies available at AbeBooks for around $9 - $20) - Computer for typing & submitting essays
Some myths may contain violent imagery and mild sexual content.
- ***Students & teacher: Gods and Heroes from Viking Mythology by Brian Branston
***Students will need to have their books in time to read Week One's reading assignment prior to our first class meeting. 
- Teacher only: Prose Edda; Poetic Edda; A Handbook of Norse Mythology by Karl Mortensen; The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland; Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
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 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
50 min

Completed by 12 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 14-18
2-10 learners per class

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