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Who is the Oceanid of Greek Mythology who becomes Zeus’s first consort? When the Olympian Zeus discovers that according to a prophecy he’s set to succumb to the same fate as his father Cronus, and his grandfather Uranus, he eats his pregnant lover, Metis. However, it is their daughter that reemerges unharmed in the end.

This Resource Includes the Following Features:

  • Durable Google Apps Link for Student-facing Documents (Google Slides)
  • 1 Teacher Two-day Lesson Calendar (with Teacher’s Notes)
  • 1 Key Characters and Places Worksheet
    • Orient your learners by identifying the key characters and the geographical location that situate the myth of Zeus and Metis in ancient Libya and Lake Tritonis.
  • 2 Reading Cards on Zeus and Metis
    • The myth of Metis and Zeus
    • Informational Text on the Virtue of Prudence
  • Art & Literature Connections
    • Situate your telling of the myth with examples of art from an Ancient Greek vase and a painting of “The Allegory of Prudence” by the Florentine artist Girolamo Macchietti.
  • 12 Original Comprehension Questions on Athena
    • Check for understanding with a quick and adaptable question bank
    • Includes a Custom Note-taking template to ensure student accountability!
  • Frayer Model Vocabulary Cards (with 1 student sample)
    • Frayer models are a way to get kids to think about vocabulary visually in a four-section square —- A square for meaning, one for examples, another for non-examples, and a sketch. It is amazing to see the work they produce. A great way to decorate your classroom to showcase your kids’ vocabulary-in-text understanding. The cards contain terms, geography, and challenging words (as well as contextual entries fit to the story).
  • Exit Tickets
    • Exit tickets are a way to get data about your students’ understanding of the lesson right before the class is finished. Collect these exit tickets and quickly see what your students have learned. I also provide two different tickets to offer academic choice for students.
  • Further Reading List
    • Don’t disregard this further reading list if you think it is merely a bibliography. Share the list with your students or have them do projects based on the research that is available. Assign different sources to students and organize presentations where learning can go deeper into the story.
  • Answer Keys for all student-facing documents
    • Teachers always ask for answer keys for my products so I made sure I gave you plenty of guidance on what to expect from students in their written and oral responses.

I created this resource with middle and high school students in mind. It is designed for an English Language Arts Mythology unit —

  • For a comparative mythology reading of Athena’s ancient origins in Northern Africa and Libya!
  • On characteristics of the gods and goddesses, “the Black Athena”, World Literature, gods and goddesses behaving badly, and more!
  • Use this resource as a stand-alone lesson or, pair it with a larger unit on early Greek myths, primordial stories, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Robert Graves’s Greek Myths, or Edith Hamilton’s Mythology.

Know that this educational digital download is a supplement to a unit on Greek Mythology. The lesson also includes links to full-text primary resources online.

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Special thanks to photographer Marie-Lan Nguyen for the cover art — her accurate photographic duplications of Ancient Greek vases and amphoras found in museums are amazing and incredible. Thank you!

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