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From Atalanta To Zeus

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Greek mythology, an important part of the curriculum for middle and high school students, serves as an exciting source of creative inspiration. Through these 26 scripts, you will not only introduce students to a fascinating body of literature, but also build their oral reading and presentation skills. Each script introduces a character from Greek mythology and chronicles some of the important mythical events surrounding the figure. Students get to know heroes, such as Heracles and Athena, in addition to lesser ...

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Overview

Greek mythology, an important part of the curriculum for middle and high school students, serves as an exciting source of creative inspiration. Through these 26 scripts, you will not only introduce students to a fascinating body of literature, but also build their oral reading and presentation skills. Each script introduces a character from Greek mythology and chronicles some of the important mythical events surrounding the figure. Students get to know heroes, such as Heracles and Athena, in addition to lesser known but equally fascinating figures, such as Chiron and Asclepius. A pronunciation guide for more than 300 Greek names and a detailed index make this a user-friendly resource.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Should children a) meet myths early, but in bowdlerized or simplified versions, or b) wait until they can handle the psychosexual complexities characteristic of myths? If you vote for a), then you might want to look at this collection of more than 25 Greek myths prepared for read-aloud dramatics. The scripts cover most of the major and some of the minor deities' tales. The balance between dramatization and narrative varies widely: in some scripts (Dionysus, Hermes) characters have real dialogues, but in many cases (Heracles, Jason) the narrators are mostly reading a third-person account of events. Suggestions for adults about presentation, costumes, and delivery are included. On the minus side: there are errors of grammar; although the language is clear, the register is inconsistent (words like "bereft" join phrases like "You made it!"); and, most of all, some stories, like "Cupid and Psyche," are almost unrecognizable without their dark freight. Psyche is blamed here (whereas Cupid, who tries to protect himself from real intimacy and runs to Mom when his relationship falters, is equally immature); the sisters aren't jealous; Psyche doesn't carry a knife to kill her "monstrous" husband, so there's no real tension. Barchers's effort is well meaning, and some of this book could be useful for junior high students who might be frightened off by the adult content of more sophisticated versions. On the other hand, if they can deal with these names and intricate plots here, they might be able to handle more.-Patricia Lothrop-Green, St. George's School, Newport, RI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563088155
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2001
  • Series: Readers Theatre Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 731,543
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

SUZANNE I. BARCHERS, Ed.D., is Managing Editor of Read and Know Your World Extra magazines, Weekly Reader publications. The author of numerous books, she has 15 years of experience as a teacher and administrator and has taught education classes at the college level.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Aeolus and the Winds 1
Ariadne 5
Artemis and Niobe 11
Atalanta 17
Athena 25
Chiron and Asclepius 31
Daedalus and Icarus 37
Demeter and Persephone 43
Deucalion and Pyrrha 51
Dionysus 57
Eos, Selene, and Helios 65
Eros and Psyche 71
Helen 77
Heracles 85
Hermes 99
Jason and the Golden Fleece 105
King Midas 117
Leto 125
Melampus 131
Oedipus 137
Orpheus and Eurydice 147
Pan 153
Perseus 159
Prometheus and Pandora 171
Sisphus 177
Zeus and Hera 183
Bibliography 189
Pronunciation Guide 191
Index of Names and Places 197
About the Author 203
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