Scholars will look at the similar themes of the flood myths we have looked at in class, and examine how different cultures treat the flood myths differently.
Today we’re going to take a break from our regularly scheduled make-a-hero and talk a bit more about flood myths. We’re going to read a story together from ancient Greece about two lovely people named Deucalion and Pyrrha.
After we read the story, I would like for you guys to make a double bubble map. This is the compare and contrast thinking map that allows you to look at two things at once and see what they have in common and where they are different. I want you to make a map comparing Deucalion and Pyrrha to one of the other flood stories we read – either Gilgamesh or Noah.
Next up, we’re going to examine why the two are different. For each bubble on your double bubble, write about the cultural or historical differences between the two places that gave us the stories. For example, one similarity between Gilgamesh’s flood and Deucalion and Pyrrha is that they were both cursed by many gods, not just one. That is because both stories came from cultures that worshiped many gods, not just one.
After you finish the double bubble, I would like for you to write a letter. You are writing to someone who is confused about all the flood myths and doesn’t know there is more than one. Your letter should explain the differences in the two myths and why those differences exist.
When you finish your double bubble map and letter, go ahead and turn it in. After that, I think I need to give you guys some more time to work on your make-a-hero.
Make-a-Hero Check in
Letters and double bubble maps will be graded.
Students will have the visual strategy of the double bubble, printed double bubbles for those that need the graphic organizer, and letters use informal writing.