Multicultural Traditional Legends

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Multicultural Traditional Legends

Multicultural Traditional Legends

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D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths is an illustrated introduction to the gods and goddesses of the pantheon that explores the heoric escapades of the deities and their offspring.I chose this as one of my core books because of the major part that Greek colonization played in the foundation of other ancient and modern civilizations through the spread of Ancient Greek ideology.By viewing Greek mythology one can gain domain knowledge for how and why other culures structured their stories.This book qualifies as high quality literature because it expands historical domain knowledge and social awareness. Their mythology is often referenced in other forms of literature, astronomy, geography, and the history of other cultures.The stories about the creation of the earth, or "Gaea" and its gods helps to cultivate an understanding for a cultural identity other than our own.ALL AGES

I grew up listening to my grandparents (pictured left) read about legends from the Greeks, the Scandinavians, and the Chinese which sparked my interest in reading and in history (mythology in particular).

Aulaire, I., & Aulaire, E. (1962). D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

Central QuestionWhat are the similar aspects between these cultural tales despite differences in culture and antiquated communication systems?(intended for 6th grade audience)

The Water Dragon: A Chinese Legend is an illustrated Chinese folktale combined with watercolor illustrations and translations into Chinese characters on each page.I chose this as one of my core books because of the major role that the Ancient Chinese Empire had in the migration of knowledge and ideas during the evolution of civilizations throughout time.This particular story contains is structured similarly to traditional Scandinavian tales in that it contains magical objects, moral lessons, and an unexpected vague ending. This book qualifies as high quality literature because of its engaging main character, Ah Bao, who introduces new world views during his adventures across the rural Chinese countryside. The beautiful water color illustrations enhance the meaning of the story without distracting the readers' understanding and imagination.GRADES 3-6

Class ActivitiesD'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths could be used as a supplement when teaching a unit about the Ancient Greek civilization to spark students' interest in mythology as a genre or in the history of the Ancient Greeks. Students could create an illustration including the gods and goddesses of the pantheon and their main characteristics, create a creative drama reenactment of one of the quintessential legends, or a journal entry from the perspective of one of the gods/goddesses.The Water Dragon: A Chinese Legend could be used as a stepping stone, preparing students in identifying similarities between seemingly unlike stories (this story bears remarkable similarities to the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale). Students could read this in tandem with Jack and the Beanstalk and brainstorm the similarities in groups. Students could also create a written extension for the story, a visual representation of the water dragon, or a creative drama reenactment of story.

Jian, L., & Wert, Y. (2012). The Water Dragon: A Chinese Legend. New York City, NY: Better Link Press.


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