Unit 3: Creation Myths


English II: Creation :Introduction

Myths- An Introduction


What is a myth?

Most Americans see myths as an unfounded or untrue story that cannot be verified by obvious facts. Many myths are stories that hold religious or ideological meaning for believers. They are not meant to be tested by any reference to facts.  With this idea in mind, myth is best considered a traditional story of historical events that serve to reveal at least a part of the world view of a people and to explain a belief which those people hold as vital.

Myths often tell the story of ancestors, supernatural beings, heroes, gods, or goddesses with special powers. Sometimes myths try to describe aspects of customs or explain natural events such as the sun or lightning. These stories may contain mythical characters such as mermaids, unicorns, or dragons. All cultures have some type of myth regarding creation.

Unit Activities

  1. Study the common elements that are found within many creation myths.
  2. View the Flash Presentation on the Egyptian and Chinese myths
  3. Complete the activity on elements (common and uncommon). 15 points
  4. Read the two creation stories of the Iroquois and the African Bushmen. Complete Activity Two on Elements. 15 points.
  5. Complete the transitions activity. 15 points
  6. Write your compare and contrast paper. 100 points
  7. Write your creation story. 100 points

Steps 1-4 should take a week. All assignments are due before Friday of the first week. You will have one week to write your compare and contrast paper.  It is due on Friday of the second week.  You will have a week to write your creation story.  It is due on the Friday of the third week.

This unit will take three weeks.


Myths -Notes from PowerPoint


Unit 3 -Creation