A Legendary Speech
Lesson plan based on Amphora
Explore the characteristics of ancient and contemporary legends and compose and deliver a speech about a specific legend.
Skills and Focus: Discussion, Cultural Comparisons, Writing
Subject Area: English Language Arts
Thematic Connection: Myths and Legends, Connecting Past and Present
Grade Level: Secondary School
Time Needed: 90 minutes
Define legendary as it was used to describe Herakles in ancient Greece and as it is used today.
Compose and deliver a speech that recalls a legend of the modern world.
Instructional Materials Needed
Story: What Story Is Shown?
Step 1: Begin by discussing the concept of legends. Be sure students understand that a legend can be either a person who accomplished some remarkable feat or an event of longstanding significance.
Step 2: After watching What Story Is Shown?, discuss what the students already know about the character of Herakles.
Critical Thinking Ask students to
explain why the ancient Greeks painted an image of him onto an amphora.
describe Herakles most admirable characteristics.
Step 3: Ask students to think about legendary people and events of the modern world and to choose either a person or an event to research. Students should look through primarysource documents, as opposed to encyclopedias, to find information about the legend they have chosen.
Step 4: Have each student write a brief speech about his or her legend. The speech should include the following:
a description of the person or event
an explanation telling why the person or event is legendary
a comparison of the person or event to ancient Greek legends
This activity meets Illinois State Goal 3: Write to communicate for a variety of purposes.
This activity meets Illinois State Goal 4: Listen and speak effectively in a variety of situations.
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