Beasts For Beginners

Hi Students,

This week’s blog prompt is a follow up to last week. Since you wrote about the discovery of how you found out you were a demi-god, the following information will be important to you as you learn about your new role. You will need to use all the information you know about the beast you are creating in art to answer this prompt.

What would you do if you woke up one morning and found a satyr on your front porch, and he explained that he was going to take you to a special camp for people like you: half-god, half-human to learn how to deal with your new-found responsibilities? You would probably think this is some kind of joke; but if you are familiar with Percy Jackson, you would know the number one rule: Heroes must always stay on their toes and be on the lookout for monsters.

Every young hero will encounter monsters. That’s a given. But will you see them before they see you?

Please create a short survival guide for young demi-gods, like yourself, chock full of tips that will help them should they have a close encounter with your beast.  Base these tips and tricks on what you know about your beast’s appearance, traits, abilities, or anything else. Include the following:

1. What are the warning signs that your monster is near?

2. How can one avoid your monster?

3. What are important strategies should someone have to fight his/her way out of an encounter?

Study up, demi-gods…… never know when you may come face-to-face with Medusa or when your English teacher will start to grow claws……..

( Idea from Demi Gods and Monsters, Benbella Books)

Warning: Please do not write the ridiculous, the offensive, the silly, or the graphic paragraph (in terms of blood and guts), as that is not what I am after or the purpose of this post. You are to take the information you learned about your beast and create a short survival guide for other demi-gods should they chance to meet it.



Children of the Gods

Students, this week’s blog prompt is a creative write. Since you have been researching your god or goddess for the past week, you should have enough information behind you to have some fun with this prompt.

Please answer to the fiction alternative written either from your first person point of view (about you) or a story about someone else. Whichever you choose must reflect some knowledge of the god or goddess you are researching and facts stemmed from that.

Three paragraphs that clearly show beginning, middle, and end. Opening sentence should be clever and creative and concluding sentence wraps up the story and leaves the reader with something to think about. Please NO QUESTIONS and nothing like “and this is what happened to me if I was the son/daughter of a Greek god/goddess,” as a concluding line. We are past this way of writing. Also, no copying of ideas from another classmate!

Greek Mythology ~ Constellation Myths

Students, by popular demand, I found three more Greek myths by the same author Brenda Wooding via Vimeo:

“The night sky fascinated the ancient Greeks; they recognized patterns in the stars and created myths to explain them. Here are three of the most popular:

– Orion, in which a mortal but ever-boastful hunter named Orion catches the eye of the great hunter – goddess Artemis. But when Atermis’ twin brother Apollo finds out, things don’t go too well for poor Orion.

– Callisto, in which a once-beautiful women is turned into a bear and then almost killed by her own son, until Zeus steps in to set things right.

– Andromeda, in which a vain queen’s boasting almost ruins her daughter’s life, until the hero Perseus shows up on his winged horse to save her from the jaws of a terrible sea monster.”

Again, please reflect on some things learned from each myth that you didn’t know before. NO SUMMARY.

Greek Mythology: Constellation Myths from Brenda Wooding on Vimeo.

We Begin With Some Greek Myths ~ Nature Myths

Students, a good place to begin our self-study unit on Greek gods, goddesses, and beasts, is with three of the many Greek myths. Once you choose your Greek god or goddess, you will need to read one myth that your deity is in, as you will use that information in the mythological mobile device project. Enjoy the following three myths: description is courtesy of Brenda Wooding via Vimeo.

“To the ancient Greeks, every mystery in nature could be explained by the whims, passions, and peculiarities of the gods. This episode features three favorite nature myths:
– The Myth of Persephone, in which Hades, the god of the underworld, abducts the beautiful young Persephone thereby plunging the earth into a permanent state of icy winter. It takes the great Zeus to negotiate a deal between Hades and Persephone’s distraught mother, resulting in the arrival of spring and the ongoing cycle of seasonal changes.
– Echo & Narcissus, in which a talkative nymph loses her heart to the handsome Narcissus, only to discover the young man only has eyes for himself.
– Helios, in which a brash young man named Phaethon borrows his father’s sun chariot and finds out the hard way that pulling the sun across the sky each day is easier said than done.”

Please reflect on each of the myths with something that you learned and didn’t know before.

Greek Mythology: Nature Myths from Brenda Wooding on Vimeo.