Ancient Myths Retold
Main Subject Area: Language Arts
Additional Subjects: Social Studies
Duration of Lesson: 90 minutes
Additional Subject Area Standard(s):
Students will create a modern version of an ancient myth based on figures represented on modern U.S. coins.
Legends on Roman Coins - http://www.math.montana.edu/~umsfwest/numis/legends.html
Possible Books to use:
D’Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar, Book of Greek Myths, Garden City: Doubleday and Company Inc. 1962.
Grant, Michael. Roman History From Coins. New York: Barnes and Noble Books, 1995.
Hamilton Edith, Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes. New York: Mentor, 1942.
Harper, David C., editor. North American Coins and Prices 9th edition. New York: Krause Publications, 2001.
Klawans, Zander. Handbook of Ancient Greek and Roman Coins. Racine, Wisconsin: Western Publishing, Co., 1995.
Official 2001 Blackbook Price Guide to United States Coins. Random House, Inc., 2000.
Schwarz, Ted. Coins as Living History. New York: Arco Publishing Inc., 1976.
Sutherland, Carol H.V. Art In Coinage. New York: Philosophical Library, Inc., 1956.
Yeoman, R.S. A Guidebook of United States Coins, 53rd edition, 2001. Racine, Wisconsin, 2000.
Coins Used in Lesson:
Grade Level(s): 3-5 6-8
2. Have students brainstorm a list of symbols and people on modern U.S. coins. You could do this first in groups and give each group a set of circulating coins. There are many symbols on coins and if students get a chance to look at the coins they will find many more than they realized. The new state quarters have many new symbols and figures.
3. Direct your students to research a bit about the symbols on their coins, so they can find correlations between ancient symbols and ones used today.
4. Have each student pick an ancient myth to retell using symbols and figures on modern coins. If mythology is new then the class can retell the same myth but use different symbols and figures. Thomas Jefferson could become Hercules or Lady Liberty could become Athena.
5. Have the students write their retelling of the myth and have them underline or highlight the modern symbol or person used in their story. They can illustrate their myth with drawings of the symbols and people they used.
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