A Mythological Adventure!
Teacher: Amanda Reed
Mat Fees $30/session
Fall: 11 weeks: $260 or $250 if taking 2 or more classes
Winter: 10 weeks: $245 or $235 if taking 2 or more classes
Spring: 10 weeks: $245 or $235 if taking 2 or more classes
This class is planned as a year long adventure.
Human beings have always been keen observers of their environment. As a result, ancient humans often witnessed things they could not explain. Before science and organized religion, myths or folktales were important tools for explaining and describing how our world came into being and why things are the way they are.
In this class, students will be taken on a fun adventure all around the world to explore mythical works from a rich variety of cultural perspectives. The content in this class will present students with challenging, yet fun opportunities to explore their creative writing, analytic, speaking and listening, and artistic skills.
Some of our fun projects will include Inventing an Olympian! After being acquainted with Greek mythology and the Olympians, students will have an opportunity to invent their own. This will include creating a short origin story for their Olympian, a description of their Olympian’s special powers and abilities, what realm (Earth, sky, sea, space) their Olympian comes from, and what their Olympian looks like. Students may work individually or in pairs and will present their completed project to the class.
We'll also be learning about The Hero’s Journey, which many of our students will recognize from reading Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and so many more of our most popular stories! After learning about the concept of “The Hero’s Journey,” students will create their own hero’s journey based on the steps of The Hero’s Journey as they are described by the renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell. Students may approach this project in a variety of ways: They may create a completely original Hero’s Journey tale OR they can choose to draw from their favorite books and movies and explain how their story of choice fits into Campbell’s Hero’s Journey structure. Students may work individually or in pairs. The completed project will be presented to the class.
Our Mythical Map may be our favorite project! There are many myths found all over the world that explain how certain features of the natural world came into being. For this project students will design a map of their own mythical world and create an origin story for how their world came into being. Students may work individually or in pairs. Completed stories and mythical maps will be presented to the class.