ALEX Lesson Plan


Heroes in Greek Mythology

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Author:Betsey Bock
System: Huntsville City
School: Westlawn Middle School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 6755


Heroes in Greek Mythology


This lesson examines the characteristics of Greek heroes and leads students to recognize references to Greek mythological heroes found in literature and culture today. Students will present analyses of heroes by defending their favorites in a slideshow presentation nominating them for selection to a Heroes' Hall of Fame.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
TC2 (6-8)
2. Publish digital products that communicate curriculum concepts.
Examples: Web pages, videos, podcasts, multimedia presentations
TC2 (6-8)
5. Use basic features of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software.
Examples: word processing—reports, letters, brochures
spreadsheets—discovering patterns, tracking spending, creating budgets
databases—contact list of addresses and telephone numbers
presentation software—slideshow
ELA2015 (8)
20. Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. [W.8.1]
a. Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically. [W.8.1a]
b. Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. [W.8.1b]
c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence. [W.8.1c]
d. Establish and maintain a formal style. [W.8.1d]
e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented. [W.8.1e]
ELA2015 (8)
21. Write informative or explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. [W.8.2]
a. Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. [W.8.2a]
b. Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples. [W.8.2b]
c. Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts. [W.8.2c]
d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic. [W.8.2d]
e. Establish and maintain a formal style. [W.8.2e]
f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented. [W.8.2f]
ELA2015 (8)
22. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. [W.8.3]
a. Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator, characters, or both; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically. [W.8.3a]
b. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters. [W.8.3b]
c. Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence, signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another, and show the relationships among experiences and events. [W.8.3c]
d. Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events. [W.8.3d]
e. Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events. [W.8.3e]

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

After reading Greek mythology, students will summarize the myths read.
Students will write a business letter.
Students will compare and contrast the hero myths.
Students will create a slideshow presentation and present it orally.
Students will evaluate Greek heroes based on modern standards for heroes.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

Greater than 120 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Copies of Greek hero myths of Perseus, Theseus, Hercules, Bellerophon, and Jason; copy of Anticipation Guide for each student (see attachment)

Technology Resources Needed:

Computers with Internet access and presentation software such as PowerPoint


Students should have had basic experience summarizing material, have had instruction in the format of a business letter, and have been instructed in PowerPoint or other presentation software.

1.)Lead a class discussion on the qualities necessary to be a hero in today's world. Ask if the students think the Greeks had the same criteria. Ask students to complete an anticipation guide (see attachment) and discuss their entries.

2.)Over several days, read myths of Greek heroes. After each myth have the students write a summary of the story and take time to discuss each story. Direct students to take note of the positive qualities and the negative qualities of each hero on a simple T-chart.

3.)Each student will evaluate his/her T-charts and pick one hero he/she wishes to nominate for the Hero Hall of Fame Award. Each student will write a business letter to nominate his/her choice.

4.)Each student will create a PowerPoint presentation for the class in which he/she presents his/her nomination for the Hall of Fame (see attachment for an example). The presentations should showcase the hero's positive qualities and minimize his negative ones.

5.) Each student will make a nominating speech using the PowerPoint presentation.

6.)After the presentations and questions from the audience, the class will vote on which hero will be accepted in this year's Hall of Fame.

7.)Have the class discuss the anticipation guide questions. Ask if students think that these heroes would be venerated in society today or condemned?

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Assessment Strategies

The teacher will use rubrics to assess the business letter (see attachment), slideshow presentation (see attachment), and cooperative groups.


Students could compare Greek mythological heroes to mythological heroes in other cultures.


Some students may need mini-lessons in summarizing or computer software use.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.