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Jamestown Public Schools
Poseidon, Hera, Zeus and Aphrodite recently made modern-day appearances in the Jefferson Middle School gymnasium. Sixth graders developed a Greek Gods & Goddesses Fair as the culminating project for the English Language Arts unit around Greek Mythology. Students wrote a research paper on a god they chose and were encouraged to use their talents to guide their project.
“I am Eros, the God of Love,” said Jefferson Middle School sixth grader Mia Erickson. “I made my wings out of wire and cotton then I glued feathers on it. I also got an old t-shirt and painted the heart on it. We had to do research and write an essay on our God. I wrote it with an introduction paragraph and talked about his relatives and what his powers are. I like doing something like because you get to do stuff and make something around what you are learning.”
As part of the unit, students read The Lightning Thief, which peaked their interest in mythology. Students researched everything about their chosen god from his or her characteristics to their families to the myths that helped shape the lives of the ancient Greeks. As they wrote their research paper in school, they worked on a visual project at home. The students had their choice of how they would like to represent the gods they chose, so everything from Poseidon’s trident to authentic hand-sewn outfits of Greek goddesses were represented.