I just wrapped up a feature on one of our most popular lessons from EDSITEment: It Came from Greek Mythology. In the feature I tied the lesson to the Percy Jackson books that are so popular in our school's library. What about you? How have you tied books that are popular with your students (e.g., Harry Potter, Twilight) to the benchmarks or curriculum in your school?
No question about it Hollywood has rediscovered Greek Mythology. Not only did they remake 'Clash of the Titians' but they did so in 3-D. The hero of the movie is Perseus the son of the god Zeus and a mortal woman. Students will be eager to learn more about about these Greek heroes and their gods. Why not introduce them to the website named for Perseus. This site contains a full library of Greek and Roman books, a dictionary of Greek and Roman biographies and mythologies, and galleries of ancient art and architectural images. The seach tool reveals how the Greeks and Romans imagined Perseus http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/artifactSearch?q=perseus&artifact=yes&image=yes
Someone just asked me recently what I thought of the "original" Twilight series, telling me how creative and fresh it is! My thoughts: Original?? It's Romeo and Juliet!
An easy tie in there of star crossed lovers. Elements of a tragedy etc..
Put Read Write Thinks interactive Venn Diagram up on a smart board and see what the kids think!
More on Percy Jackson. The Metropolitian Museum of Art just posted a podcast with Ric Riordan author and the curator of the Met's Greek and Roman art collection http://www.metmuseum.org/podcast/detail.asp?eid=epNum068. There's also an Art Adventure Guide
You may enjoy these two collections:
Here are some resources on Mythology from ReadWriteThink.org: http://www.readwritethink.org/search/?sort_order=relevance&q=mythology&srchgo.x=0&srchgo.y=0&old_q=Percy&srchwhere=full-site