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Greek mythology comes to life

Muffled giggles and an occasional burst of laughter were heard in the classroom as a group of freshman girls performed a mythology-based skit.

Greg Stobbe’s freshman English honors class presented assignments concerning Greek mythology to their class in a project on March 19.

Presentations varied from skits to drawings to crossword puzzles; Stobbe assigned the projects in order to wrap up their mythology unit with a more hands-on approach.

The mythology unit covered myths ranging from Pandora’s Box to the Odyssey.

Some students presented a skit on a specific mythological story, displaying it in their own view and explaining how it applies to life today. Projects included dolls portraying stone statues, students dressed up to play mythological characters, and clips of movies were shown that compared myths to present-day films.

“It was really exciting to learn about Greek beliefs and traditions,” Kim Hodges, ’07, said. “The topic kept my attention through the weeks. I enjoyed it a lot.”

However, some students were not as enthusiastic, as it challenged their analytical thinking skills.

“It really stunk,” Ryan Taylor, ’07, said. “Although it’s an honors course, some of us don’t like working hard. I wouldn’t recommend our mythology book to anyone, ever.”

Yet Stobbe felt his students were able to bridge the gap from just reading about myths to integrating their morals into their own lives.

“This is the first time I had freshman work on a myth project that would demonstrate how myths are still applicable today,” Stobbe said. “I hope that by presenting a myth they will be able to apply myths lessons to life and possibly recognize their plots, conflicts or themes in other novels or stories.”

For more information on freshman English honors, contact Stobbe at 297-9464, ext. 151.

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