9A 5/15 – Serial Ep. 4

Tonight, finishing listening to episode 4. If you were in class today we left off with 10:35 to go. Here’s the link: https://serialpodcast.org/season-one/4/inconsistencies

Fill out the sheet with Jay’s inconsistencies as you listen.

Freshmen online texts


Here are digital formats of pretty much every major text, article or secondary source we used this year to analyze our primary texts. Use these links to help you complete your final exam review guide. Here’s a digital copy of that if you need it: 9th grade finals review 2016

Myths, Legends, Folktales and Superheroes
Brown on Masculinity (Milestone Comics, Black Superheroes and Their Fans)
Supergods excerpt on Superman and Batman
Hero with 1,000 Faces quotes (By Joseph Campbell)
Rabbi Loeb and the Golem of Prague
The story of Moses
archetypesforliteraryanalysis (Lists and examples of archetypes in stories)

Of Mice and Men
Full text online
Atque Vale
Leighton Meester on Curleys wife
Starvation Under the Orange Trees

Food Writing
Fish Cheeks
Mint Snowball
Beans (Devil’s Garden)
Eggs (Devil’s Garden)
Garlic (Devil’s Garden)
Tomato & Mandrake
Let them Eat Dog: http://www.sps186.org/downloads/basic/419584/EatDogs.pdf

The Odyssey

Hero as a Visitor in Hell

Romeo and Juliet
Full text of play: http://shakespeare.mit.edu/romeo_juliet/full.html

Serial full transcript

From Mythology to Modern Day

Today we’re going to look at how old myths, folktales and legends became a few of the superheroes we know today. We’re going to study a few specific ones today: Superman, Wonder Woman, Thor, Shazam!/Captain Marvel and The Thing.

First, make sure your group reads the original myth, folktale or legend. Then read the comic version.

On a sheet of chart paper, compare/contrast the superhero to the original story.
1) First, explain whether or not this superhero comes from a myth, folktale or legend
2)Evaluate how much the modern day superhero resembles the myth/folktale/legendary character — talk about each one’s “super powers”
3) How has the superhero updated the myth/folktale/legendary character for a modern audience?
4) As other groups present, make sure you fill out your superhero/myth comparison chart.


Superman 1 Superman 2 Superman 3 Superman 4 Superman 5 Superman 6 Superman 7 Superman 8

The story of Moses



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Thor myth


Wonder Woman



Sensation Comics #1

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All Star Comics #8

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Wonder Woman 101

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The Thing

Rabbi Loeb and the Golem of Prague

Thing_01 Thing_02 Thing_05 Thing_08 Thing_09 Thing_10

Shazam!/Captain Marvel


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Freshmen — Thursday, 8/27

Yesterday we ended class understanding that humans tell/create stories in order to make sense of the world and pass on knowledge or information (or to just entertain ourselves). Jumping off of there, today we looked at a particular type of story: the creation myth.

In groups of three and four students read one or two creation myths (a creation myth is a story about how the world began) from around the world and from different time periods.

After reading the stories, students answered these questions to present to the class:
–Personification of nature/natural events
–Hyperbole (exaggerations) of true occurrences
–Where/when is the myth from/who was the group of people this myth belonged to?
–What does the myth explain?
–Describe the main characters
–Do you think this is the definitive (only) version of this myth? Why/why not?
–Is the myth religious?
–Who do you think this myth was passed down to, and how?
–As a group, determine what the purpose of this myth is? How does this connect to the definition of mythology you came up with in the beginning of class?
–Anything else you notice?
–Does this myth give us an idea as to this culture’s “worldview,” or how this culture interacts with the world and the people in it?

After each group presented I asked what each story had in common with each other. For the most part, all these myths included some kind of higher being (like a god of some kind), or said that the world was created from some kind of natural disaster. In fact, many aspects of these myths are similar.

We ended class on these questions: What is the purpose of mythology? Why have we told (very similar) myths  for thousands of years? In asking this, we discovered that what separates myths from folktales and legends is that myths are usually religious, explain something we don’t understand and give us a glimpse into a certain culture’s “worldview” — in other words, we can understand something about what a culture was like through these stories they told.