Author: Zachary Hamby
Product Code: 7170
ISBN: 9781593637170
Pages: 216
Availability: In stock.

Greek Mythology for Teens takes classical mythology to a new level by relating ancient stories to the culture, history, art, and literature of today. The book uses the innovative approach of reader's theater to teach mythology to teens, asking them to act out the stories and become engaged in a common learning experience. By looking at topics instrumental to both mythology and modern culture, teens are encouraged to question topics such as heroism, foolishness, love, and more. Each chapter builds on a particular theme found in the central myth and includes activities, discussion questions, and exercises that connect the myth to the modern world and everyday life. Visually-appealing sidebars also give background on Greek and Roman mythology and culture. Greek Mythology for Teens takes the classic myths taught in school and turns them into an engaging, interesting, and modern way of looking at old material.

Grades 7–12


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Review: Mindprint Learning - February 9, 2016

This book presents the Greek myths as plays, offering an active, group experience to learning the stories and the important themes surrounding each myth. The author is a classroom teacher himself, so he has written it with the classroom in mind and has included a helpful teacher's guide to help with implementation considerations. Follow-up sections connect these old stories to issues and themes relevant to today.

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Review by: Courtney Krieger, Voice of Youth Advocates - November 28, 2011
Whether educators are teaching mythology for the first time, or they are seasoned veterans, this text provides innovative ways to engage students so that they take a proactive approach to the learning process rather than rely solely on teachers' dissemination of knowledge.
Review by: Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal - November 14, 2011
This follow-up to the author's Mythology for Teens (Prufrock, 2009) takes a unique approach to introducing ancient tales. Ranging from "Orpheus and Eurydice" to "Dedalus and Icarus" to "The Golden Touch," various myths are presented in the form of reader's theater—crisply scripted and ready to act out in the classroom . . . In addition, a wealth of background information provides additional insights into the characters and ideas, highlights examples of Greek history and culture, and makes connections to other works of art as well as modern-day perceptions . . . The scripts present adequate retellings of the myths, souped up with touches of contemporary language and eye-rolling humor just right for a teen audience. All in all, a great way to bring these stories to life.
Review by: James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review - October 14, 2011
Greek Mythology for Teens includes not only summaries of classic fables, but also means for students to become engaged with the material: brief read-aloud sketches acting out the myths, activities, discussion questions, exercises, and more. Black-and-white illustrations enhance this excellent and highly recommended learning tool.

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