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WELCOME TO MYTHOLOGY TEACHER.COM!
 
    Yes, the name says it all.  MythologyTeacher.com is a website specially designed as an aide for teachers teaching mythology.  While this might not seem to be a huge demographic, more and more educators are beginning to mythology into their curricula.  Recent blockbuster films drawn from popular books such as Lord of the Rings and Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and video games like the God of War series have piqued young people’s interest in traditional Greek and European mythology—while other films such as Princess Mononoke and Prince of Persia, not to mention the Manga craze, lead young people toward an interest in lesser-known mythologies such as Japanese and Middle Eastern.  With this amount of world mythology breaking into pop culture, students are more interested in mythology now than ever.  Teaching mythology in middle school and high school is becoming a great way to get students interested in reading, writing, and researching ancient history. For more information on why it is important to teach mythology to young people, click here.
    Some teachers use mythology as a stand-alone unit; other teachers—such as myself—have entire, year-long courses dedicated to the study of myths and legends from around the world.   Other teachers incorporate myths into units over required texts such as Antigone, Julius Caesar, Beowulf, Oedipus Rex, and the Odyssey.  No matter how much mythology you teach in your own course (or what type of mythology for that matter), you’re bound to find some helpful resources here!  Most of our materials are free, but we also sell items like creative textbooks and classroom posters in the site store.         
    Even though student interest can already be high, any subject can quickly turn into drudgery.  Most teachers of mythology are initially frustrated. Most mythologies pose a complicated labyrinth of weird-sounding names and bizarre character relationships, and an intimate knowledge of any mythology does not come easily.  The solution? Mythology-teacher.com! While this site cannot make memorizing names or stories any easier, it can provide you with an arsenal of creative activities and that will help bring these ancient stories to life!  The lessons on this website have been classroom-tested and proved successful with secondary students.  Many are easily adaptable for use with higher or lower levels.  Each lesson attempts to generate a fun and meaningful learning experience.  I hope you find the resources here helpful.
 
ZACHARY HAMBY
 

 


 
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