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  1. 1. ESL Best Practices: Arts Integration: TheatreTDF Stage Doors Program<br />World Cultures Theme:<br /> Mythology Unit <br />Ms. Aixa B. Rodriguez’s classes<br />Ms. Carrie Ellman-Larsen, Teaching Artist<br />High School for World Cultures<br />
  2. 2. What is a myth?<br />Myths are stories from any culture that contain deities (gods) and are related to the religious beliefs and identity of a culture or group of people. <br />Myths give explanations for natural phenomena.<br />Myths are passed on from generation to generation. <br />
  3. 3. Jason and the Argonauts<br />It begins with brother killing brother in an effort tousurp the throne. Pelias takes the throne from Aeson, Jason’s father.<br />Usurp: to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right: The pretender tried to usurp the throne. <br />
  4. 4. Jason helps Hera over rough waters in a river, losing his sandal in the effort.<br />
  5. 5. This old woman is really Hera, Queen of the Gods. She is testing Jason , for he is to help her get her revenge against his uncle Pelias.<br />Revenge: to take vengeance for; inflict punishment for; avenge:<br />
  6. 6. The river is deep and rough.<br />turbulent, tempestuous &lt;rough seas&gt; b (1): characterized by harshness, violence, or force (2): presenting a challenge : difficult<br />
  7. 7. This old lady is very heavy.<br />Heavy: having great weight; <br />
  8. 8. Jason confronts King Pelias, who greets him with a dinner, all the while plotting against him.<br />Confront: to stand or come in front of; stand or meet facing.<br />Plot: a secret plan or scheme to accomplish some purpose, esp. a hostile, unlawful, or evil purpose: a plot to overthrow the government.<br />
  9. 9. The chef cuts the boar at the feast, as Jason thinks about the challenge his uncle has laid before him.<br />Boar:, a wild pig<br />
  10. 10. The Argonauts face rough waters as they sail for the fleece.<br />Fleece: the coat of wool that covers a sheep or a similar animal. 2. the wool shorn from a sheep at one shearing.<br />
  11. 11. It’s all sailors at their oars as Poseidon sends challenging waves for the sailors.<br />Poseidon : the ancient Greek god of the sea, with the power to cause earthquakes, identified by the Romans as Neptune.<br />
  12. 12. Orpheus entertains the Argonauts with lovely melodies.<br />Orpheus: a poet and musician in Greek mythology who almost rescues his wife Eurydice from the Underworld by charming Hades and Persephone with his lyre<br />
  13. 13. Jason, Hercules and the others look out for land.<br />Hercules: a mythical Greek hero renowned for his great strength and especially for performing 12 labors imposed on him by Hera<br />
  14. 14. Are we there yet?<br />
  15. 15. The sailors row with determination.<br />Determination: firm or fixed intention to achieve a desired end<br />
  16. 16. Sailing for the fleece.<br />Sailing: travelling by ship on water<br />
  17. 17. The Harpies harass King Phineas.<br />harass: to annoy persistently (2): to create an unpleasant or hostile situation for especially by uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct<br />
  18. 18. The harpies, terrible half woman and bird creatures with razor sharp claws.<br />claw : a sharp usually slender and curved nail on the toe of an animal<br />
  19. 19. The Argonauts face the Harpies.<br />
  20. 20. Going for the Harpies!<br />
  21. 21. The Harpies prevented King Phineas from eating , the Argonauts helped him by driving off the monsters.<br />
  22. 22. Argonauts protect against the Harpy attack!<br />
  23. 23. Jason releases the dove through the clashing rocks. The Argonauts row for their very lives!<br />Row: to propel a boat by means of oars<br />
  24. 24. There goes that dove again. Fly dove fly!<br />
  25. 25. Jason and the Argonauts row through the clashing rocks!<br />Clash: to come together quickly and violently, and often noisily. <br />
  26. 26. The clashing rocks smash ships that pass between them.. Pretty scary.<br />
  27. 27. Only one feather is smashed between the rocks. The dove escapes!<br />
  28. 28. King Aeetes and Medea greet Jason. King Aeetes doesn’t like Jason on sight.<br />
  29. 29. Jason is arrested for wanting to take the treasure of Colchis, the golden fleece. Medea reminds her father of his manners and hospitality.<br />Manners: proper ways to behave<br />
  30. 30. Medea meets Jason, Eros shoots her with his arrow.<br />Eros: the son of Aphrodite the god of love, otherwise known as Cupid.<br />
  31. 31. Medea falls for Jason and is ready to betray her family and country for him.<br />Betray: to deliver to an enemy by treachery<br />
  32. 32. Jason faces the warriors that popped up from the dragon teeth he had sown.<br />Sown: to plant seed for growth especially by scattering<br />
  33. 33. Jason faces the dragon with Medea’s help. The Golden Fleece is within his grasp! <br />Grasp: to clasp or embrace especially with the fingers or arms<br />
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  35. 35. Watch out… the dragon is coming for you Jason!<br />
  36. 36. Medea gives a sleeping potion to the dragon.<br />Potion: a mixture of liquids <br />
  37. 37. The Dragon is put to sleep with Medea’s help and the Golden fleece is now in Jason’s hands!<br />
  38. 38. BMCC , Borough of Manhattan Community College, Tribeca Theatre “Jason and the Argonauts” Performance. <br />
  39. 39. Special Thanks to….<br />Theatre Development Fund (TDF) Stage Doors Program<br />Teaching Artist: Carrie Ellman-Larsen<br />