Unveiling Mythology to Teens: Insights from the Humanities Classroom

In this post, I talk about simple ways teachers in a middle or high school humanities classroom can explore the vast richness of a diverse set of myths.
Storm-Tossed and Star Crossed: Paris and Helen's Epic Journey to Troy
In this captivating illustration, Paris and Helen, the ill-fated lovers, braved a tempestuous sea to reach the legendary city of Troy. The turbulent waves and dark skies mirror the tumultuous fate that awaited them. Meanwhile, Cassandra, the prophetess cursed with foresight, stands witness to their arrival, her eyes carrying the weight of the tragedies to come. This vivid scene captures the essence of their epic tale, where love and destiny collide amidst the fury of nature.

Along with the stories from the Trojan War, embrace a rich trove of mythology resources that comprise a range of digital resources, ideal for middle and high school students. I understand the breadth of mythology can be overwhelming, with countless tales and myriad versions.
     I have simplified this vast subject by designing diverse resources cultivated from years of teaching experience. Start with a tailored list of myths, classified by themes such as loveorigincreationfloods, and heroes. My approach promotes the exploration of mythology from multiple sources for a holistic experience. Pair classics like Ovid's Metamorphoses with modern retellings like Edith Hamilton's Mythology to track the evolution of myths.

     Further, enrich your lessons by integrating a variety of activities. Encourage collaborative learning through story sharing or by compiling class narratives. Deepen engagement with larger works such as the Iliad or the Odyssey and modern interpretations like O! Brother, Where Art Thou? Myths are everywhere — in movies, television shows, TikToks, and artworks. Teach your students to look at the world through a mythology lens.

     The resources I have created extend beyond the narrative realm, integrating art, literature, and real-life connections. Students can explore mythological tropes and allusions, partake in writing activities, and analyze opposing viewpoints within myths.

     Discover the potential to bring mythology to life in your classroom with our abundant resources at Stones of Erasmus. Engage, explore, and expand the horizons of learning for your students.

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