Introduction to World Mythology – Junior Instructor – Early Semester


    “If you haven’t explored mythology, you have missed a great opportunity to learn about ideas and ideals very different from your own. Here is another chance!” – Andrei the Historian


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    Greek statues of gods & goddesses for the World Mythology course at Athena's
    Junior InstructorAndrei the Historian
    Content LevelsGrades 3-4 • Elementary
    Grades 5-6 • Upper Elementary
    Course Length8 Weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnThursdays, 1:00 - 1:50 PM Pacific - 8/17/23 - 10/14/23

    What is a mythology? Who has one? What are mythologies made of? Why are they so interesting?

    In this course we will be considering some of these questions through the lens of various world mythologies:

    – Greek
    – Aztec
    – Norse
    – Maori
    – Indian
    – Japanese
    – Egyptian

    We will learn about these regions and their stories, draw suns and hammers, put together family trees of gods, and reflect on our favorite mythical deities!

    Homework, though optional, is highly recommended for this class. It will consist of weekly assignments which deepen the understanding of mythologies touched upon in class and come together to help with the Week 8 final project. Some of the assignments build on each other, but the others also help in following the thread of the class.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Weekly Assignment – submitting art you drew in class
    • Weekly Forum – a few sentences long

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 3rd-grade level or above.
    • Write a few sentences semi-independently.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.

    Required books & materials:

    • Weekly readings will be online, no textbook required. Paper, pencils, and eraser are required for class.