Sixth graders writing unique myths about nature? Umm, yes! | Mentoring in the Middle

Sixth graders writing unique myths about nature? Umm, yes!

"I like Percy Jackson but that's it."  

"I don't like myths or fables.

“Really?  What if you could write your own? ”
picture of Pegasus on a cliff with title - Sixth graders writing myths?  Yes!
That conversation started a creative close-to-the-end-of-the-year project that turned out to be a lot of fun.  It produced a wonderful writing sample for me, students had a lot of choices, and they had to get descriptive, learning the facts about natural events as they tried to create fiction around them.
 I provided them with guidelines and graphic organizers, and they presented their original nature myths to the class.  Some were in costume.  Others created the god/goddess/supernatural creature.  Some created movies.  Others performed.  
You know how some kids feel about writing?  Do they groan every time you mention it?  (Okay, maybe just for text-dependent analysis.)  They really enjoyed this!
They had created a myth with a developed plotline that had character development and resolved the conflict in a way that made sense.  Well done by them!  They used this Mythology Writing Unit to do it.
hands on keyboard with mythical background design

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