Favorite Lessons: Box of Destiny

A wonderful question appeared on one of my ELA social media groups the other day, “What was your favorite lesson/unit you created?” and immediately I thought of the (say this in a trumpeting voice): BOX OF DESTINY! I created this prior to hearing the term ‘role play’ — not being a Dungeons and Dragons person and prior to my time in Azeroth, this idea came organically. While teaching humanities and Ancient Rome, I first create the Voices from the Grave unit, whereby students would draw a card giving them a role in Ancient Rome: it required hours of research on…

dreaming of pomegranates…

        I have become so immersed in Greek mythology it’s intruding into my dreams. Do you ever notice that sometimes there is a phrase or person who seems to be present during a certain time? This last week was a perfect example. We started Greek mythology in class, and I told my students about the three little pomegranate seeds that brought Persephone into an unfortunate marriage (although, I think she’s actually kind of digging the power now). Then, I wrote myself an email reminding me to bring in a pomegranate to class in case someone hadn’t seen one before. Next, my husband brought up…

Exploring Mt. Olympus (Oxygen Tanks Optional!): Greek/Roman Mythology

One subject area I’ve been looking forward to teaching is Greek/Roman Mythology. Learning about the bad behaving antics of the mythological deities is like picking up a copy of People magazine!  It’s ancient celebrity stories, all the dirt, all the fun!  Fights, romance, extra-marital affairs, quests, and Nike shoes – these folks have it all! The only small, nagging concern is that we won’t have enough time in class to cover what we need. However, what I want to stress to my students is to remember, please, with humus and honey, that they have the power of technology that the…