The Topic:
Mythology

Easier - Mythology is a collection of traditional stories that express the beliefs or values of a group of people. The stories often focus on human qualities such as good and evil.
 
Harder - Myths often tell the story of ancestors, supernatural beings, heroes, gods, or goddesses with special powers. Sometimes myths try to describe aspects of customs or explain natural events such as the sun or lightning. These stories sometimes contain mythical characters such as mermaids, unicorns, or dragons. All cultures have some type of myths. For example, the classical mythology of the ancient Greeks and Romans is familiar to most people. The stories of Native American people are also well-known. The same myths can often be found in different parts of the world. For example, creation stories related to plants, animals, and people are common among many cultures. The Norse people are another group with well-known myths.
 
Constellation Mythology
http://server.remc12.k12.mi.us/csplanet/myth/index.html
Here you can learn the stories of the formation of the constellations.
Related Website:
2) Constellation List http://einstein.stcloudstate.edu/Dome/constellns/constlist.html
3) Mythology of the Constellations http://www.emufarm.org/~cmbell/myth/myth.html
 
Encyclopedia Mythica
http://www.pantheon.org/mythica/
This huge site has a wide variety of mythology information from around the world including history, definitions, and stories.
 
Mything Links by K. Jenks
http://www.mythinglinks.org/ct~creation.html
This links-site houses an annotated and illustrated collection of online resources for mythologies, fairy tales and folklore, sacred arts and traditions.
Another Links-Site:
2) Myth Reource sites http://www.qesn.meq.gouv.qc.ca/folklore/weblinks/mythslk.html
  
Myths & Legends (Grades 1-6) from Gander Academy
http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/legends.htm
This site includes animal legends, native legends, tales that teach a lesson, tales from around the world, origin stories, and more.
  
After visiting several of the websites, complete one or more of the following activities.
 
Create a Constellation Myth. Read Constellation Mythology. Choose a constellation, draw a picture of it, and write your own myth about how it was formed.
 
Compare Creation Myths. Explore creature stories at Mything Links and Genesis Project. There are many similiarities among creation stories. What elements do they have in common? Why do you think they have these commonalities?
 
Explore Culture and Myth. From the Celtics to the Inca, cultures around the world have their own myths. Select a culture from Encyclopedia Mythica. How do the myths of the people reflect the time, geography, and other aspects of their culture? Create a poster showing the relationship between culture and myth.
 
Illustrate an Animal Story. Read an animal story at Myths & Legends. What are the most interesting characters? What is the purpose of the story? Create an illustration that retells the story.
 
Make a Modern Myth. Read ancient myths. Select a myth and rewrite it based on present day values and beliefs about the world.
 
Build a Wall Mural. Explore characters of mythology that include Greek or Roman gods and goddesses. Create a wall mural including your favorite figures.
 
Make a Monster Myth. Read the Harry Potter books. Explore the Monster Myths. Create your own mythological monster. Write a story containing Harry Potter and your monster.
 
Create a Virtual Mythology Museum of Art. Myths often inspire great works of art. Explore some of these works of art at World Mythology. Explore one of the following areas: creation myths, myths that explain a practice, myths about gods, hero myths, and myths with animal or beast characters. Create your own work of art based on a myth. Take a digital picture of your artwork and create a web page to share information about your myth and your artwork.
 
Complete a Greek Mythology Quiz. After you have visited several of the sites, then go to the Greek Mythology Fun Fact Quiz or Quizzes on Ancient Greece.
 
Complete a Mythology WebQuest. Adapt or follow the instructions at one of the following WebQuest sites:
1) Create Your Own Mythology by A. Wehrman (Grade 9) http://sites.netscape.net/amywehrman/mywebquest.htm
2) How Have the Qualities of Heroes Changed Over Time? http://ns.htc.net/~thehuels/heroes.htm
3) Mythology by E. Bartruff, L. Keuscher, and T. Kinkaid (Grades 6-8) http://masd.mtangel.k12.or.us/WebQuests/Mythology/Index.htm
4) Mythology WebQuest http://www.nths.nttc.org/academics/faculty/~cox/mythTOC.html
5) Mythology WebQuest (Grade 5) http://www.education.mcgill.ca/432-450b/peter/home.htm
6) Olympian Mythology by M. Williams and C. Sinicki http://www.nevada.edu/~mwilliam/title.htm
 
Websites By Kids For Kids
Classical Mythology (1997 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge)
http://library.thinkquest.org/13238/
Here you can learn about the gods, goddesses, monsters, and other mythological figures of the classical Greek and Roman world.
 
Egyptian Mythology (1999 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/6286/
Here you can explore Egyptian and Greek traditional mythology.
 
Genesis Project (1999 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge)
http://library.thinkquest.org/29064/
This site has collected creation myths from many societies, from Algonquin to Yuma.
 
Greek Lightnin' (2000 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
http://library.thinkquest.org/J001782/
This website will name and describe some of the gods, goddesses, and other characters of Greek mythology in a game-like format.
Other Greek Mythology Sites:
2) Classical Greek Mythology (1999 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge) http://library.thinkquest.org/28947/
3) Greek Mythology (1999 ThinkQuest Junior Project) http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/5649/
4) Greek Mythology (1998 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge) http://library.thinkquest.org/17484/
5) Greek Mythology (1998 ThinkQuest Junior Project) http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/3705/
6) Greek Mythology (1997 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge) http://library.thinkquest.org/11606/
7) Greek Mythology Galore (1998 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge)
http://library.thinkquest.org/23057/
8) Greek Myths Revealed (1999 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/5656/
9) Mystical Myths and Beasts (2000 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
http://library.thinkquest.org/J001598F/
10) Mythology (1998 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge) http://library.thinkquest.org/23634/
11) Olympic Sized Tales Greek Mythology (2000 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
http://library.thinkquest.org/J002110/
12) Pegasus' Paradise (1998 ThinkQuest Junior Project) http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/4553/
13) World of Greek Mythology (1999 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/5647/
 
Hade's Mythological Monster Manual (2000 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
http://library.thinkquest.org/J001532/
This site provides a directory to mythological creatures found in Greek mythology, as well as the myths of some other cultures. A separate section provides information about creatures found in the Harry Potter books which are based on creatures from mythology.
 
Hawaiian Mythology (1999 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
http://www.ahuimanu.k12.hi.us/tqjr99/hawaii/index.htm
At this site, you can read about Pele, Maui, and other Hawaiian gods and mythology.
 
Irish Myths and Legends (2000 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge)
http://library.thinkquest.org/C005417/
This site is a exploratory guide to Irish mythology, and Irish history.
 
Mythology (1999 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge)
http://library.thinkquest.org/25535/
This site examines several major types of mythology: Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian, Indian, Norse mythology, and Arthurian Legends.
 
Mythology Online (2000 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
http://library.thinkquest.org/J002356F/
This project provides an introduction to mythology focuses on three types of mythology: Greek, Egyptian, and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
 
Mythology Web (2000 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge)
http://library.thinkquest.org/C005854/text/index.htm
Mythology has been an integral part of every culture since the dawn of time. It captures the essence of human thought. From anger to love, it encompasses the entire range of human emotion.
 
More Mythology Websites
Book of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes and Characters of Mythology
http://www.cybercomm.net/~grandpa/gdsindex.html
Mythology is composed of traditional stories about gods, kings, and heroes. Myths often tell about the creation of the world (and about its destruction as well), about the creation of men, and, also, they provide lessons on a moral code by which to live.
 
Bulfinch's Mythology
http://www.bulfinch.org/
This classic collection includes: Volume I (The Age of Fable or Stories of Gods and Heroes); Volume II (The Age of Chivalry or Legends of King Authur), and Volume III (Legends of Charlemagne or Romance of the Middle Ages).
Related Website:
2) Bullfinch's Mythology http://www.webcom.com/shownet/medea/bulfinch/welcome.html
 
Classical Mythology by Geography
http://www.princeton.edu/~markwoon/Myth/old-index.html
The purpose of these pages is to give those with an interest in classical mythology a way to associate the stories with the land. Click on the map or a name to see what's available on the area.
  
Dictionary of Mythology
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/6946/mythology/
This site provides an index to Roman mythology.
 
Hindu Mythology
http://www.hindumythology.com/
This site describes the various myths and mythological aspects of various religions that have coexisted in India.
 
Mythology
http://www.windows.ucar.edu/cgi-bin/tour_def/mythology/mythology.html
Find out about myths and stories linking gods and goddesses to the sun, the earth, and other objects and events in the sky.
 
Mythweb
http://www.mythweb.com/
This site is devoted to the heroes, gods and monsters of Greek mythology.
Other Websites on Greek Mythology:
2) Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology
http://www.mythweb.com/encyc/index.html
3) Greek Mythology
http://edweb.sdsu.edu/edweb_folder/people/bdodge/scaffold/GG/greek_myth.html
4) Greek Mythology http://www.math.utk.edu/~vasili/GR_link/Greek_myth/greek_myth.html
5) Greek Mythology http://www.entrenet.com/~groedmed/greekm/mythherc.html
6) Greek Mythology Link http://homepage.mac.com/cparada/GML/ , Spanish translation
by E. Rodríguez de la Rosa http://homepage.mac.com/cparada/GML/000Spanish/Paginas.html
7) Greek Mythology: From the Iliad to the Fall of the Last Tyrant
http://www.messagenet.com/myths/
8) Illustrated Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology
http://www.cultures.com/greek_resources/greek_encyclopedia/greek_encyclopedia_home.html
9) Introduction to Greek Mythology
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/5065/greek1.htm
10)Olympian Gods http://web.uvic.ca/grs/bowman/myth/gods.html
 
Myths and Fables from Afro-Americ@ Kids Zone
http://www.afroam.org/children/myths/myths.html
Discover the special myths and fables of Africa!
 
Myths and Legends
http://pubpages.unh.edu/~cbsiren/myth.html
Aside from the General section, these links are organized by region and language group, with those groups which produced written accounts of their myths and legends earlier, generally appearing closer to the beginning.
 
Norse Mythology
http://www.ugcs.caltech.edu/~cherryne/mythology.html
This FAQ site provides basic information on Norse mythology: lists of the gods and goddesses; creation myths; the nine worlds; Ragnarok; and other material.
 
Of Gods and Men: The Definitive Encyclopedia of Mythology and Legend
http://www.clubi.ie/lestat/godsmen.html
This index contains mythology of the Hindu, Romans, Aztecs, Incas, and more.
 
Shawn's Egyptology Page
http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/~shawn/egypt/
This site features Frequently Asked Questions about Egyptian mythology with summaries of notable Egyptian gods.
Other Egyptian Websites:
2) Egyptian Gods http://osiris.colorado.edu/LAB/GODS/index.html
 
World Mythology
http://www.artsmia.org/mythology/
This collection of images brings together 24 works of art inspired by mythology around the world.
 
Websites For Teachers
Even Gods Have Bad Hair Days...
http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/hmll/blue/tale/hair.html
In this language arts activity, students will choose a Greek or Roman mythological character to research. Then they will select a typical problem faced by middle school student today, and write a descriptive narrative about how their hero or heroine would handle it.
 
Greek Mythology Unit (4 weeks)
http://home.earthlink.net/~cnperez/lessonplans.html
Through reading and investigation incorporating many facets of print and technology, students will understand the relationships between these characters and their importance in Greek culture.
Related Websites:
2) Greek Mythology (Grade 2) by H. Hensey & C. Gipson http://www.trinity.edu/departments/education/TCKC/2Myth98.htm
3) Greek Mythology (Grades K-6) http://www.geocities.com/sseagraves/greekunit.htm
 
Lesson Plans and Activities at MythWeb
http://www.mythweb.com/teachers/tips/tips.html
Students use their knowledge of the myths as a foundation for writing.
 
Lesson Plan on Myths, Folktales, and Legends (Grades 8-10)
http://web.infoave.net/~tnorris/lesson.htm
Students will compare and contrast characteristics of folktales, myths, and legends.
 
Mythology Madness! An Internet Hotlist on Greek Mythology by B.A. Dyck
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/pages/listgreekmybr.html
Here are a number of sites that will assist teachers in designing meaningful activities and assignments as they explore the fascinating world of the Greek Myth. Some of the sites are meant to be a catalyst to get your creative juices flowing. Dive in!
 
Mythology Mystery Mania; An Internet Scavenger Hunt (Grade 9) by J. Levine
http://www.lausd.k12.ca.us/Manual_Arts_HS/Apps/DHS/myth.html
In this unit students will be introduced to Ancient Greek history/life, the Ancient Olympics, the twelve Olympians, and various Greek myths.
 
Myth and Legend: Greek Mythology
http://www.classroomtoday.com/TeachersLounge/About/Topics/Topic.asp?TopicID=56
This week students step into the world of gods and godlike heroes as they investigate the wealth of Greek mythology resources available on the Internet.
 
No News Like Ancient News (Grades 6-8) by D.L. Johnson
http://www.teachers.net/lessons/posts/480.html
Students have just been hired as editor and writers of the 'Delta Daily Tabloid' (The newspaper all of Greece depends upon). Many of the readers are completely in the dark in regards to which of the many gods and goddess is responsible for which actions. Some readers have no idea why there are four seasons or how the various constellations of stars came into being. The task is to inform the population of Greece of the truth.
  
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Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 1/99. Updated, 11/00.