The Big 12 In Greek Mythology

Subject: Social Studies

Lesson Length: 30 - 35 mins

Topic: Greek Mythology

Grade Level: 6

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will begin to explore the twelve Gods and Goddesses in Greek mythology.

Know Before You Start:

  • Students should have a basic understanding of Ancient Greek religion and the role it plays in the daily life of citizens in Ancient Greece. 
  • Students should know the terms:
    • Polytheism.
    • Mythology.
    • Myth.
    • Mt. Olympus.
    • Oracle.

Hook:

  • Ask students why we have the Olympics.
  • Lead their responses to the celebration of the Greek Gods and Goddesses.

Activity:

  • Have students create a one-to-two-panel comic introducing their selected Greek God or Goddess. Their comic could include:
    • Name of the God/Goddess.
    • The God/Goddess' special power or Protection.
    • Their relationship(s) to other Gods/Goddesses.
    • Their symbol or animal representation.

Closure: Have students combine their comics to create a flow chart of the twelve Gods/Goddesses to show connections among them and create discussions around what they learned.

Differentiation:

  • Allow students to work independently, in pairs or in groups.
  • Provide visuals and characteristics of each greek god/goddess for students to reference.

Resources:

  • Comic to print or display: Comic.