As a Social Studies educator, I enjoy finding creative ways to help my high school students read, take ownership of, understand, and connect to primary sources. When I work with an English teacher to correlate our lessons, it is even better. Unfortunately in our district the History and English curricula are not aligned.
Our struggling readers enjoy reading literature, so I try to find books that relate to the period, such as Orwell's Burmese Days, when we study imperialism. I also use poetry to help explain events, both primary and secondary. One of my favorites resources is William Carlos Williams' collections of poems about Brueghel's art. I also ask students to write narratives, which they enjoy as a relief from comparative or analytical essays. I use the R.A.F.T., which is featured on ReadWriteThink: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/printouts/raft-writing-template-30633.html.
I looked for resources on mythology, in Thinkfinity, but there were not many for grades 9-12.
I wanted to make certain you had found a variety of mythology resources in Thinkfinity for grades 9-12. Here are some suggestions for your lessons.
EDSITEment!'s Welcome to Troy
Smithsonian's History Explorer Engraving of Hernan Cortes
ARTSEDGE's Ancient Empires
ARTSEDGE's Myths & Heroes
ReadWriteThink's interactive The Hero's Journey
I also encourage you to check out the following website developed by a teacher of Mythology--Welcome to Mythology Teacher.
Let us know what you think of these mythology resources.
I was responding to Candace Sloboknbik who had mentioned in her post to this discussion that she could not find many mythology resources for grades 9-12. I decided to reply and give her a few suggestions even though the original question in this discussion did not deal with mythology. I'm glad my ideas for her will be of help to you. If you are looking for specific resources for your teaching, be sure to consider starting a new discussion in Verizon Thinkfinity 101. We have almost 30,000 members now in the Community so they are available to offer numerous suggestions.
Thanks for sharing your comments. I have been to Niagara Falls both in Canada and New York. I must admit the Canadian falls are more impressive and breathtaking.
To find the mythology resources, I used the keyword search on the homepage of Thinkfinity.org and entered the word "mythology." Then I read the annotated results and concentrated on the resources appropriate for grades 9-12. You can also use the "In the Classroom" tab on the gold navigation bar on the homepage to see a more detailed search engine that provides specific results for Resource Types, Grade Levels, Subjects, and Partners. I find that the broader I make my search, the more resources I find.
I hope this assists you in locating Thinkfinity resources. The Community also is available to seek ideas for resources as you did for mythology. By starting this discussion specific to mythology lessons, hopefully more teachers will post replies and provide suggestions.