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Greek Gods and Goddesses

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A WebQuest for 6th Grade Social Studies

gods of greece by eytnosboh.

Designed by
Mr. Jacob Palmer
jpalmer@millikin.edu

Introduction


The Greek Gods and Goddesses of Mythology have long been forgotten over the years. They need your help to bring back the power and acknowledgment they had in ancient times. Currently, the gods are accepting applications for the creation of a new god or goddess. It is your job to create a new god/goddess to present to the gods. In order for the gods to accept your application you must show them your loyalty by performing a play mimicking the gods. To achieve this you must delve back into their culture to discover who the gods are, how they gods were created, and the relationships they share with one another.


TASKS 

1.   Each group must create their own Greek God or Goddess to live on Mount Olympus. Students must exercise creativity when developing their god/goddess. The outline for each group’s god must include:

  • a picture of what the god/goddess would look like
  • the powers and the realm in which they rule
  • the relationships they share with the other gods
  • where they fit into the Olympian family tree
  • the symbol for the god/goddess

After each group has finished creating their god, they will present their ideas to the rest of the class.

2.   Each group must perform a scenario in which they impersonate the gods on Olympus. The teacher will provide each group with three gods who they are to act as. The students must use what they know about the Greek Gods in order to act out the assigned situation correctly. Groups will act out their scenario in front of the class once they have been given adequate time to prepare.

3.   Each group must create a family tree including the fourteen Olympian Gods. It can be simple, but must be easy to understand. The family tree can consist of a chart, lines connecting the gods, or a short paragraph explaining who is related to whom. As the students go to each link in the WebQuest it would be good to take notes on the relationships the gods share with one another.


Process

Once the groups have been selected, the students within each group should decide upon the following roles:

·         Director- This is the student who must lead the presentation of the gods. This student appoints the other students to roles within the group. They must devise what direction they want their presentation to go.

·         Mythologist- This student is responsible for creating the new Greek God to present. This student must draw a picture of the god, as well as write down all the other requirements for the group’s Olympian.

·         Historian- This student is responsible for designing the family tree of the Greek Gods and Goddesses. They are responsible for taking notes throughout the learning process and completing the family tree. They are also the leader on the computer, surfing through the different websites to obtain information.

The group as a whole will browse through the selected sources to obtain the necessary information in order to complete the given tasks. All in all, there are fourteen total Olympian Gods in which the students should study:


  1. Zeus
  2.  Poseidon
  3. Hades
  4. Hestia
  5. Hera
  6. Ares
  7. Athena
  8. Apollo
  9. Aphrodite
  10. Hermes
  11.  Artemis
  12. Hephaestus
  13.  Demeter
  14. Dionysus


Resources

Greek Gods Info – Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece

http://www.greek-gods.info/greek-gods/

This is the first website which students should study. It provides great background on the Greek Gods and Goddesses as a whole. This website also includes individual information about each of the fourteen gods or goddesses.

Greek Mythology

http://www.greekmythology.com/

This website has a list of twelve of the fourteen Olympian Gods. You can click on any god or goddess and receive characteristics of them. Information on the relationships with other gods, symbols, and other background settings can be found here.

The Olympians

http://www.desy.de/gna/interpedia/greek_myth/olympian.html

This website provides brief descriptions of twelve of the fourteen Gods and Goddesses of Olympus. It includes some short stories as well links to other gods in each story. This is a useful tool because it can link the gods together; helping the students to better understand relationships they share.

Gods and Heroes Encyclopedia

http://www.mythweb.com/

This website provides some very good stories about twelve of the Olympic Gods. It provides a picture of the Gods on Olympus, which students can then click on each picture and receive information on each god or goddess. This website is beneficial because it gives students a chance to visualize what each god or goddess may have looked like.


Evaluation

Once the students have completed the WebQuest they will be critiqued in four different areas.

The first three areas being how well the group did on each of the TASKS assigned, and the last being how well they worked within their group. Students will be evaluated as a group on the TASKS, but individually on how well they worked in their respected group. Each student will evaluate how well the members of his/her group worked together to achieve the final goal.

Group Work

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Working with Others

Rarely listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others. Often is not a good team player.

Often listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others, but sometimes is not a good team member.

Usually listens to, shares, with, and supports the efforts of others. Does not cause "waves" in the group.

Almost always listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others. Tries to keep people working well together.

Contributions

Rarely provides useful ideas when participating in the group and in classroom discussion. May refuse to participate.

Sometimes provides useful ideas when participating in the group and in classroom discussion. A satisfactory group member who does what is required.

Usually provides useful ideas when participating in the group and in classroom discussion. A strong group member who tries hard!

Routinely provides useful ideas when participating in the group and in classroom discussion. A definite leader who contributes a lot of effort.

Greek Gods Role Play

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Role

Point-of-view, arguments, and solutions proposed were rarely in character.

Point-of-view, arguments, and solutions proposed were sometimes in character.

Point-of-view, arguments, and solutions proposed were often in character.

Point-of-view, arguments, and solutions proposed were consistently in character.

Knowledge Exhibited

Cannot explain one way in which his character "saw" things differently than other characters.

Can clearly explain one way in which his character "saw" things differently than other characters.

Can clearly explain several ways in which his character "saw" things differently than other characters.

Can clearly explain several ways in which his character "saw" things differently than other characters and can clearly explain why.

Greek Gods Family Tree

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Readability

The family tree is difficult to read and not visually pleasing.

The family tree is relatively readable, but could improve visually.

The overall appearance of the family tree is somewhat pleasing and easy to read.

The overall appearance of the family tree is pleasing and easy to read.

Content

Relationships were often inaccurate in the family tree.

Relationships were accurate for most  (~75%) of the family tree.

Relationships were accurate for almost all events reported on the timeline.

Relationships were accurate for all events reported on the timeline.

Creation of a New Greek God

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Creativity

The group put little thought into making the character interesting and entertaining.

The group put some thought into making the character interesting and entertaining.

The group put strong thought into making the character interesting and creative.

The group put a lot of thought into making the character interesting and creative.

Oral Presentation of God/Goddess

The group has no confidence and knows little of the subject in which they created.

The group has little confidence and seems to have relative knowledge of their subject.

The group presents somewhat confidently with strong knowledge of their subject.

The group presents confidently with great knowledge of their subject.


Conclusion

Congratulations on presenting your new potential god to the Gods and Goddesses on Mt. Olympus. They will let you know who has won the sweepstakes at the end of the week. Your acting for the Gods has been very entertaining. With your new knowledge the Greek Gods may rise to power once again!


Illinois State Learning Standards

16.A.2b  Compare different stories about a historical figure or event and analyze differences in the portrayals and perspectives they present.

16.A.2c  Ask questions and seek answers by collecting and analyzing data from historic documents, images and other literary and non-literary sources. 

16.A.3b  Make inferences about historical events and eras using historical maps and other historical source

16.A.3c  Identify the differences between historical fact and interpretation.


ISTE NETS (2007)

1. Creativity and Innovation (descriptors a,b,c, and d)

2. Communication and Collaboration (a,b, and d)

3. Research and Information Fluency (a,b, and d)

4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making (b and d)

5. Digital Citizenship (a and b)

6. Technology Operations and Concepts (a, b, c, and d)



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Greek Gods and Goddesses Family Tree Template.docxGreek Gods and Goddesses Family Tree Template
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Greek Gods and Goddesses Performance.docxGreek Gods and Goddesses Performance
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Greek Gods and Goddesses Organizer.docxGreek Gods and Goddesses Organizer
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