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Children's Literature - Myths & Legends Assignment

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PART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO MYTHS & LEGENDS

As an overview for our analysis, please read the Riverside introduction on Myths. No written response is required for this part of the assignment.

Myths, Legends, and Sacred Writings -- pgs. 475-481

PART TWO: READING & WRITING

Please read ALL of the following myths and legends:

MYTHS OF ANCIENT GREECE - The Golden Touch

ESKIMO MYTH - The Sedna Legend

HAWAIIAN MYTH - How Kana Brought Back the Sun...

CHINESE LEGEND - I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly

Choose one myth or legend from the list and write a 250 word response analyzing the following aspects of mythology:

1. How does this myth/legend supply a model for human behavior?

2. How does it show the ideals or belief systems of the society?

3. Does it show a relationship between the gods and humans?

4. Define any themes, symbols, and morals.

5. How might it be viewed as sacred, mystical or religious?

6. Define any archetypes (type of person who recurs in various cultures or time periods in history - a.k.a. a hero, villain).

7. Does it serve as an explanation of natural occurrences or science?

8. Lastly, please include how you might teach your myth/legend to children (discussing related subject areas such as art, history, science, geography).

PART THREE: VENN DIAGRAM

Please create a VENN DIAGRAM, examining the similarities and differences of two characters (choose characters from two different myths/legends!) from the myths/legends list above. In your diagram, include examples of mythical/heroic elements and archetypes.