Perseus Myth

Perseus Myth

This series of lessons uses drama techniques for pupils to get to grips with the myth's characters and their relationships. Using timelines, pupils then record the myth's structure looking at the 'bad news', 'good news' cycle within each episode, where Perseus is presented with further challenges and resolves them. Several 'sentence level' lessons help pupils to write rich descriptions and to improve the flow of their sentences and paragraphs. Pupils go on to invent their own episode for the myth.

  • Lesson 1

    Lesson 1 LESSON +

    Pupils read the start of the story of Perseus and the Gorgon and discuss story features of myths. They sequence the events to help understand the beginning of the story and then explore the main characters and events using role play.

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  • Lesson 2

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    Pupils read a condensed version of the whole story. They identify start, middle and end, looking at the repeated cycle of mini-adventures within the main story line ... episodes! They work in groups using drama techniques to portray the action of one episode.

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  • Lesson 3

    Lesson 3 LESSON +

    Pupils look at the descriptive language and imagery in part of the story. They complete a ‘spidergram’ to map out the description. They write their own description of the Nymphs, using adjectives and descriptive phrases that will bring the characters to life.

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  • Lesson 4

    Lesson 4 LESSON +

    Pupils plot the structure of a chapter’s events on a timeline, linking the events to problem, solution, complication and resolution. They order the paragraphs, using connectives and adverbial openers to move the story along.

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  • Lesson 5

    Lesson 5 LESSON +

    Pupils plan out another adventure that Perseus might have had while returning home to Seriphos. They are allocated a monster and magical gifts to incorporate into the plot and plan out the episode using a timeline. This lesson can be extended into a further one, for finalising writing and sharing it with the class.

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    • 3 Documents