Mythology: Myths of the East and West

This 30 week 1 ½ hour class will involve lively discussion, fascinating stories, and the study of root words still commonly referenced today, geography, history and the governing practices of ancient societies contrasted with modern counterparts.  

Course Objective:
To gain an understanding of how religious beliefs shape culture; to broaden student’s understanding of overall historical context and societies within; to look at how religion effects government and political ideation; geographical understanding of areas studied then and now.

Course Credit:
This course meets the requirements for an Ancient History Social Studies credit.  It may also be used as a humanities credit.  Check with your umbrella school to be sure this meets your students specific needs.

Mythology C will focus on Myths of the East and West:

  • Myths of the East will focus on:
    • Hinduism
    • Shinto and Buddhist traditions
    • Chinese Mythos 
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh will be included in the reading assignments as well as selections from larger works and mythological anthologies.  
  • Mythos of the West will focus on:
    • Myths of the indigenous peoples of North, Central and South America
      • The Maya
      • The Aztec
      • The Inca 
      • And the lesser known Chioltè, Mapuche, Muisca peoples
    • American Folklore and the myths that shaped the American Mindset

Students can expect to spend 2-4 hours on homework weekly.  This will vary based on reading time.  Students will have weekly reading assignments, small projects for presentation and group enlightenment, as well as one larger project for presentation each semester.  
Project here means an assignment intended to deepen knowledge of specific content that will be presented and shared with the class by a singe student for group edification.  


Time: 12:55-2:25
Grade: Grades 6-10
Class Fees: $365
Supply fee: $115
(Supply fee includes all required texts )
Tutor: Candace Fortino

Please note: Mature subjects will be broached during this course.  We will try to keep it Pg13, but some of the behavior of the gods was quite scandalous and there is really no way around that. 

COVID-19 Contingency Plan:
In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2021-22 school year, I will make the following adjustments to this class. Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments can be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically.  Group projects and group collaboration will be encouraged via online methods, but adjustments will be made as needed.  Our goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.