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Mrs. Haase

WIN What is a Myth?

Grades: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade
Subjects: English Language Arts

Student Instructions

What is a myth? Myths are stories that are created within cultures in order to offer explanations for why certain things are the way they are. As is the case with fairy tales and fables, myths are traditional meaning we know about them because they were passed down from storyteller to storyteller long ago before being recorded in books. Features of a myth: 1). Myths are often told as if they were factual. These stories were meant to offer reasonable explanations. Therefore the audience believed these stories to be true. 2). Myths include gods and/or goddesses and these figures often have supernatural powers. 3). Myths include an explanation for how something came to be in the word. Such stories have ancient origins, therefore they did not have the scientific explanations that we do today for such phenomena as weather. 4). Myths often teach lessons to their audience. Within many myths, there is a lesson to be learned. DIRECTIONS: 1. Click on each link to watch both myths. 2. After watching the myth, you will click the star by the myth to go to the graphic organizer. 3. Use the label tool to answer the questions on each page. 4. Read over your answers double checking they make sense and have proper capitalization and punctuation. 5. After you finish listening to both stories and completing the questions on pages 2-4, click check to submit your work.