Pairing Project, Part Three

Title of Mini-Unit

  • Percy Jackson and Beowulf
  • Jeanna Watson, Kirsti Jenkins, Cody Johnson, Cody Anderson

Discussion Questions

Reflect back to your experiences of mythology in high school.
  1. What mythologies did you interact with? (Was it solely Greco-Roman, or were mythologies also incorporated)?
  2. What are the positive aspects of focusing on a single mythology?
  3. What are the negative aspects of focusing on a single mythology?
  4. What are the positives to synthesizing multiple mythologies?
  5. What are the negatives aspects of incorporating multiple mythologies?
  6. How can this approach be synthesized further?
  7. How can this approach lose focus?
  8. What are the benefits to utilizing a mythology couched in modern literature such as Percy Jackson?
  9. What are the possible detriments of using such a text?
  10. How can one the author’s artistic license be avoided as a source of misinformation?

Class Activities

1. Create Your Own Hero's Journey:
The class is divided into groups of 3-4 students. They are asked to create their own hero's journey. The need to create their own hero or heroine and choose five of the eight elements listed below. They will have class time to create their hero's journey within their group using whatever media they choose. Afterward, they will share what they have created with the rest of the class.
  1. Miraculous conception and birth
  2. Initiation of the hero-child
  3. Withdrawal from family or community for meditation and preparation
  4. Trial and Quest
  5. Death
  6. Descent into the underworld
  7. Resurrection and rebirth
  8. Ascension, apotheosis, and atonement

2. Split-drawing on Beowulf and Percy Jackson:
Hand out a paper to the students with a silhouette of a person split in half by a line. The class must draw half of beowulf on one side and half of percy jackson on the other. This exercise is to compare the two characters to each other. (Adapted from Sherman Alexie's book)

3. Rewrite the Ending:
The students can choose either Beowulf or Percy Jackson. After both the texts have been read in class, the students will be able to write down a different ending to one of the books. This will be an in class writing exercise to practice free-writing with a purpose. Student's will choose an altered ending from Beowulf and Percy Jackson to act out for the class.

Original Multimedia

Additional Resources

Beowulf Manga
A teacher's guide to Beowulf
Video of Beowulf's impact on the English language with dramatic readings in Old English (From 18:00 to 23:00)
Character art from //Beowulf//
Norse mythology
Interactive Greek God family tree
Rick Riordan's teaching guide to //Percy Jackson//
Interactive Map of Camp Half-Blood
Pronunciation Guide
Old English Resources