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Myths and Legends: Exploring Mythology through Drama

Myths and Legends: Exploring  Mythology through Drama

Aim: To introduce children to the world of  mythology through drama, and encourage them to create their own adaptations of myths and legends from various cultures.

Age group: Suitable for children aged 8-12.

Duration: 2-3 hours.

Materials required: A large, open space for movement and improvisation, props such as scarves, hats, or other costume pieces, music or sound effects to create atmosphere, and reference materials such as books or pictures of Greek and Norse mythology.

Learning Opportunity Action Plan:

Introduction (15 minutes)

Warm Up

  1. Mirroring (5 minutes)
  1. Slow-motion movement (5 minutes)
  1. Sound and movement (5 minutes)
  1. Emotion and character (5 minutes)

Main Focus:

Mime and Movement (30 minutes)

Examples of Myths:

Here is a list of popular myths and a brief synopsis of each:

  1. Greek Mythology – The story of Perseus: Perseus was a demigod and the son of Zeus and a mortal woman. He is known for his famous quest to kill Medusa, a creature with snakes for hair and the power to turn people to stone.
  2. Greek Mythology – The story of Orpheus and Eurydice: Orpheus was a talented musician who fell in love with Eurydice. When she died, he traveled to the underworld to try to bring her back. He was allowed to take her back to the world of the living on one condition – he must not look back at her until they reached the surface. Unfortunately, he did look back, and Eurydice was lost forever.
  3. Greek Mythology – The story of Theseus and the Minotaur: Theseus was a hero who volunteered to enter the labyrinth and kill the Minotaur, a creature with the body of a man and the head of a bull. He succeeded in killing the monster and finding his way out of the maze with the help of a ball of thread.
  4. Norse Mythology – The story of Thor and the Midgard Serpent: Thor was the god of thunder and one of the most powerful figures in Norse mythology. In this story, he battles the Midgard Serpent, a massive sea monster that threatens to destroy the world.
  5. Norse Mythology – The story of Odin and the Valkyries: Odin was the chief god of Norse mythology and the ruler of Asgard, the home of the gods. He is associated with wisdom, war, and death. In this story, he sends the Valkyries, female spirits who choose who will die in battle and who will live, to aid his favored warriors.
  6. Egyptian Mythology – The story of Osiris and Isis: Osiris was a god who ruled over the afterlife, and his sister-wife Isis was the goddess of fertility and motherhood. Osiris was killed by his brother, Seth, but was resurrected by Isis and became the ruler of the afterlife.
  7. Hindu Mythology – The story of Rama and Sita: Rama was an incarnation of the god Vishnu and the hero of the epic Ramayana. In this story, he rescues his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana with the help of his loyal friend Hanuman.
  8. Chinese Mythology – The story of the Monkey King: The Monkey King, also known as Sun Wukong, is a legendary figure in Chinese mythology. He is a mischievous and powerful monkey who becomes the disciple of a Buddhist monk and goes on many adventures, including battling demons and fighting for justice.
  9. Aztec Mythology – The story of Quetzalcoatl: Quetzalcoatl was the god of wind, wisdom, and knowledge in Aztec mythology. He was also associated with the planet Venus and was revered as a patron of arts and crafts.
  10. Native American Mythology – The story of the Raven: The Raven is a figure in many Native American mythologies, including those of the Pacific Northwest and the Inuit people. He is a trickster figure who is associated with creation and transformation, and is often depicted as a cunning and mischievous bird..

Still Image and Talking Objects (30 minutes)

Thought Tracking and Action Narration (30 minutes)

Conclusion (15 minutes)

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