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    • 1 Chapter 1 Introduction – Nature of the Problem It is well known that students go through what is commonly referred to as “the fourth grade slump.” Research presented by Hall, Sabey, & McClellan (2005) and Fang (2008) has shown that this “slump”...
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    • GREEK MYTHOLOGY IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 4 Chapter 1 – Introduction Students are naturally curious, and often wonder about the basis of their education. They ask, “Why do I need to know what a square root is?” or “Who cares about the wars in our...
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    • GREEK MYTHOLOGY IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 9 Chapter 2 – Literature Review In order to allow adolescents to comprehend how mythological stories intertwine and correspond with everyday life, the relevancy of these stories must be reviewed. The...
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    • GREEK MYTHOLOGY IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 11 Cultural Myths and Their Relation to Teaching Civilization Origins – Egyptian C.S. Littleton explains in minute detail the histories of numerous mythologies in his work Mythology (2002). During the most...
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    • GREEK MYTHOLOGY IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 14 from toxins in the sarcophagus to poisonous bat droppings. This is another excellent way to engage students in mythology. Though the lesson is geared for 3rd through 5th graders, it can easily be modified...
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    • GREEK MYTHOLOGY IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 15 Gilgamesh’s hero epic is extremely relevant to teach to modern day students as it is the first known written epic for our world. Just viewing the cuneiform tablets can impress upon students how difficult it...
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    • GREEK MYTHOLOGY IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 16 have already heard of characters from these two mythologies. They may have heard of Cupid, Hercules, or Poseidon (to name a few possibilities). Furthermore, words and symbols from these mythologies are...
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    • GREEK MYTHOLOGY IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 17 Badb, Macha, and Queen Maeve were also prominent feminist figures in the stories of the Celtic people. For a king to have success as a ruler, he must “marry” one of the goddesses in a divine ritual. In this...
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    • GREEK MYTHOLOGY IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 18 called Ragnarok, which was to be the end of the world. Their mythology laid out precisely what would happen in the human realm (Midgard), to the gods in Asgard, and in the underworld (Niflheim/Hel) at the...
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    • GREEK MYTHOLOGY IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 19 that have been collected in past lives, and how they will positively or negatively affect the life to come. Therefore if an individual was sinful or negligent in his past lives, he could expect to return in...
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    • GREEK MYTHOLOGY IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 21 Civilization Origins – Eastern: Japanese One of the most interesting differentiations that sets Japanese myth apart from that of other myths is that the creation of earth came from Amaterasu, a woman. Many...
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    • GREEK MYTHOLOGY IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 22 square of land which it is upon. Students can practice their debate skills as they argue for which type of society would be best. In this way, Native American myth can be tied directly to both political...
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    • GREEK MYTHOLOGY IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 24 Civilization Origins – Southern: African One of the most effective ways to cause teaching to become relevant to students is to link different texts together as parallels. One way to do this is to compare...
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    • GREEK MYTHOLOGY IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 25 One true story of a man named Luba explained that his brother became ill. A local witch doctor told him that the cause of illness was being conjured by one of his four wives. In order to cure the problem,...
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    • GREEK MYTHOLOGY IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 29 Chapter 3 – Methodology The purpose of this creative research project was to design, develop, and evaluate a sixteen lesson unit on Greek mythology (with a technology focus) for use with tenth grade...
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    • GREEK MYTHOLOGY IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 36 Chapter 4 – Results The purpose of this creative project was to design, develop, and evaluate a sixteen lesson unit on Greek mythology (focusing on the use of technology in teaching said unit) for use with...
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    • GREEK MYTHOLOGY IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 37 questions will be discussed later on. The writer’s class results are referred to as “WC” and the alternate class results are referred to as “AC”. Figure 1 Student perceptions of technology as an enhancement...
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    • GREEK MYTHOLOGY IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 44 References Bierlein, J.F. (1994). Parallel Myths. New York, NY: Ballantine Books. Bullfinch, Thomas. (2000). Bulfinch’s Greek and Roman Mythology: The Age of Fable. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications...
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    • Table of Contents List of Figures ..................................................................................................................................iii Acknowledgments...
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    • 25 attitude toward state-mandated testing. This research also examined teacher attitudes toward state-mandated testing as a tool to describe school performance and instructor performance as well as the reasons they chose to work at a charter school...

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