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A Web Quest for English Grade 10H

Designed by:Teresa Procter  6/27/2005

INTRODUCTION | TASK | PROCESS | EVALUATION | CONCLUSION |STANDARDS |RESOURCES |TEACHER NOTES

INTRODUCTION

By studying classical mythology, we can trace man's development back to a time when imagination ruled the human world. Man created these myths to explain nature; for instance, how did man and the earth, the sky, and all of his universe come to be. Today, advertisers use the gods and goddesses of classical mythology as symbols of their products. To understand why and to become better consumers, we study these myths and various techniques that drive the advertiser's decisions.

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TASK

Students will conduct research about a god or goddess and write a short essay explaining the meaning of a Greek myth as it relates to advertising. The focus will be to clarify why advertisers use a particular icon or symbol of a god or goddess.

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PROCESS

Search through the links and reading about the gods and goddesses. What are they the god/goddess of? What special powers/abilities do they have? What are their symbols? Who are they related to? Married to? In love with? What are their likes/dislikes? What are their strengths/weaknesses? What are the important myths concerning this character? What are the main personality traits your god/goddess possesses? Does the Greek god/goddess have a Roman equivalent?

  1. Begin by looking at the icon you have chosen and identifying the god or goddess associated with the icon. Use the Resources tab to find links to mythology websites that offer information about the god or goddess you have chosen. Search through the links and read about the gods and goddesses, taking note of the following information. What are they the god/goddess of? What special powers/abilities do they have? What are their symbols? Who are they related to? Married to? In love with? What are their likes/dislikes? What are their strengths/weaknesses? What are the important myths concerning this character? What are the main personality traits your god/goddess possesses? Does the Greek god/goddess have a Roman equivalent?
  2. Describe what you see in the ad. What is the product being sold, the service being offered, or the idea being represented? End with a thesis statement that addresses both the mythological reference and the analysis of the propaganda techniques. This will be your introduction.
  3. Explain the mythological reference. Who or what reference is used? Briefly describe the god, goddess, character or event. Discuss why the advertiser has chosen to use that particular reference to mythology to sell the produce, services, or idea. This is paragraph two.
  4. Then, in the third, and possibly fourth, paragraphs, discuss the propaganda techniques. Highlight the emotional appeals. What connotation does the advertiser want the consumer to associate with the product? The links to various advertising and propaganda sites will aid you in developing your ideas for these final paragraphs.

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EVALUATION

Rubric for gods/goddesses webquest & essay
(Microsoft Word)

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CONCLUSION

The stories of gods and goddesses have fascinated readers for years because people love to read about the exploits of the gods and their involvement with mortals. At the same time, heroes of all kinds are important in our society. Mankind seems to find a sense of security in reading about a hero's quest and the dangers that may befall him before his imminent victory. Now that you have thoroughly examined one of the many dieties that lived on Mount Olympus and explored why modern advertisers adopt and use the gods to tout their products, you should come to a greater understanding about modern man.

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STANDARDS

  • 10.1 Use the knowledge of Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology to understand the origin and meaning of new words.
  • 10.2 Extend ideas presented in primary or secondary sources through original analysis, evaluation, and elaboration.
  • 10.3 Analyze a character's traits.
  • 10.4 Establish a coherent thesis that conveys a clear perspective on the subject and maintain a consistent tone and focus throughout the piece of writing. Synthesize information from multiple sources. Review, evaluate, revise, edit and proofread writing, using an editing checklist.
  • 10.5 Write expository compositions, including analytical essays and research reports, that gather evidence in support of a thesis (position on the topic), including information on all relevant perspectives; communicates information and ideas from primary and secondary sources accurately and coherently; makes distinctions between the relative value and significance of specific data, facts, and ideas; and uses a variety of reference sources, including word, pictorial, audio, and Internet sources to locate information in support of a topic.
  • 10.6 Produce legible work that shows accurate use of the conventions of grammar, sentence construction, spelling, punctuation and capitalization.

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RESOURCES

List of Olympian parents and children   Here's a list of major Olympian parents and their children. This will get you started on your quest.

Greek gods and heroes   This link provides another list of gods and heroes, as well as a link to Bulfinch's Mythology.

Encyclopedia Mythica   Type the name of your god or goddess into the search engine on this website. You can view an image of the deity and learn more about his/her history.

Greek Mythology The Immortals   While offering a list of The Immortals on Mount Olympus, this site also offers the names of the Roman equivalent.

Center for Media & Democracy -- Propaganda   Visit this site to review the various propaganda techniques writers and ad designers should avoid.

Fun Fact Quiz   This is just for fun.

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TEACHER NOTES

This webquest was created for Mrs. Procter's English 10 Honors classes at Merrillville High School in Merrillville, Indiana. Special thanks to Mrs. Jayne Hickman for her help in building this quest.

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This WebQuest created by:Teresa Procter  on 6/27/2005

tprocter@mvsc.k12.in.us

Adaped from Webquest.sdsu.edu/LessonTemplate.html located on Bernie Dodge's Training Materials Site.