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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneAgeTechie View Post
    This does sound like an amazing resource!
    My oldest is totally into the Greek myths, always has been… I'd love to hear more about how the storytelling would translate to writing projects… My kids love to read but loathe writing.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Karen - - definitely check out Laura's Pinterest boards where some of her former student's writing projects are archived. There is SO much writing inspiration there!! https://www.pinterest.com/laurakgibb...re-storybooks/


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    Oh, definitely see if you can get your oldest into writing their own versions of the myths! There are some great Greek myth projects that my students do, totally new and different every semester. Here are some of their Greek-myth-inspired Storybooks:
    Goddess Animals: Three Goddesses and Their Birds
    Queen of the Underworld: Tales of Persephone

    Demigod Daycare

    The Quest for the Weapons of Hercules

    And that's just a few of them! LOTS more here:
    eStorybook Central

    During the school year, I am getting to read new stories from the students all the time; it's so much fun!
    Find out more at MythFolklore.net.

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    Oh, that sounds like a great writing experiment! A type of mythology that can be great for using with children are aetiological stories about nature... you can present the scientific account and the mythological account and show how they serve different purposes, both satisfying, both important. There's a lovely book of Tejas Native American Legends that has some beautiful stories like that for children! Here is that unit in the course, and the whole book is online at Sacred Texts:
    When the Storm God Rides: Tejas and Other Indian Legends retold by Florence Stratton and illustrated by Berniece Burrough (1936).
    Find out more at MythFolklore.net.

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    I love the idea of this course SO MUCH. I want to take it myself, and I will definitely be suggesting to my children we have a go as a family. But I would love a bit more information about the Storybooks. Apologies if this has been covered, maybe I didn't find the right link, but I am not completely clear on how they work. It seems students create their own stories based on the myths they are reading. Is it an adaptation of the myth? A retelling? An original story inspired by the myth? Any or all of the above?! I would love some more specific guidelines if you have any!

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    Hi Miranda! The class really is fun; I miss it during the summer in fact. During the school year I get to read new stories all the time. And yes, exactly, the students can do a Storybook where they choose a topic that they work on all semester OR they can do a Portfolio, where they collect their favorite writing from each week because they all do storytelling posts in their blog each week, based on what they are reading in the UnTextbook. The best way to see how that works is to look at the results; the students voted on their favorites this semester, and here are the Storybooks and Portfolios that they really liked:
    Spring 2015: Favorite Project Nominations
    You can see the brainstorming and writing process they use here:
    Storybooks and Portfolios
    Find out more at MythFolklore.net.

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    This is a little off-topic, but...

    My filipino friend (native, living in Manila) used the screen name of Lapu in the game we both played together. He told me this neatly moralistic story of how Magellen met his death at the hands of Lapu-Lapu, the first national hero of the Phillipines.

    Magellan arrived on the island of Cebu, and was taken to the Humabon (king), where his wife saw a statue of the infant Jesus, and remembered it from a vision, so convinced the Humabon and all to convert to Christianity. They did, and were all having a nice party, and Magellan was showing off how invincible their armor was, and pointed out the only parts where there were gaps.
    And Humabon asks if Magellan will go subdue the people on Mactan Island (across less than a mile of open water), led by that annoying foreigner Lapu Lapu. Magellan is willing, and leads a war party of about 50 men to take on the 1000 or so Mactans. He is unaware that LapuLapu's spies have reported this, along with the secret to defeating the warriors.
    Magellan and his men attack, Lapu strikes him where his armor doesnt cover, and kills him. Magellan's soldiers run (swim) away, and Mactan retains its independence.

    I love this story for how arrogance and over-confidence lead to ruin.
    Heres a wikipedia summary of the actual history, which is based off one of Magellans chroniclers. Battle of Mactan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Its fun also seeing how its presented in history books - usually in a pretty uninteresting manner "Magellan died in the Phillipines, didnt get to circumnavigate the globe, blah blah blah".

    Is there a point where history, neatly repackaged to teach a lesson, becomes myth?
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    Oh, what a great story! The Philippines has an amazing cultural history, and there are some excellent folktale collections online; you can see some here:
    Stories from the Pacific (see bottom section there)

    The way I think about history and myth is like this: the word mythos in Greek just meant "story"... as did the word "logos" too. So, the Greeks called Aesop's fables "mythoi" or "logoi," meaning "stories" (English "fable" is from the Latin word for story, fabula). History is kind of like a subset of the big world of stories: history is a story that makes a special claim to historical fact, which is actually a pretty modern concept, not one that is even really present in traditional societies that rely on oral tradition. So, history is a type of story, but it is one that also asks to be judged by an additional set of standards: historical accuracy.

    So, you can read all history as a type of story, but you cannot read all stories as history because not all storytellers care about historical facts... and for many storytellers, the category of "historical fact" is not really even relevant, as it is a very modern, very literate concept.

    I'm always excited when students want to do historical Storybooks for my class, focusing not so much on the historical accuracy but on the story itself, the legendary qualities. That is often the case with pirate stories for example: even when a pirate is a historical figure, it is often the legends about the pirate that are more influential and well remembered than the historical facts!

    And sometimes you can see how even historical stories rely on motifs that are familiar from other stories, like the way this Magellan story shows Magellan as having something like an "Achilles heel," a secret weakness that, once discovered, proves to be his destruction! Very cool!
    Find out more at MythFolklore.net.

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