Myths and Legends5th Grade Narrative Created by Mrs. Taylor ISNP 2012
What is a legend?• Legends are set in the present or recent past. Legends are supposedly true and are used to scare, teach, inform, or entertain.• While they may be true, they tend to be changed or exaggerated over time.• Legends are handed down from generation to generation, usually through oral tradition.• Examples: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Robin Hood
What is a legend?• Legends explain why a natural occurrence happens.• Many Native American tribes have their own legends.
What are some other legends? Bigfoot (Sasquatch)Did you know Bigfoot wasbelieved to live in the forestsof Washington State?
The legend of Johnny Appleseed He spread apple seeds wherever he went.
The Legend of Davy CrockettThe King of theWild Frontier
Let’s take a look at a few legends…• http://www.planetozkids.com/oban/legends/ how-butterflies-came-to-be.htm• http://www.planetozkids.com/oban/coymake. htm• http://www.planetozkids.com/oban/kanpouc h.htm
Myth• A traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, that people believe is true.• Usually contains non-human characters (deities or demigods).• Explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature, or how something came to be the way it is.
Examples of Myths• http://greece.mrdonn.org/greekgods/pandor a.html
Persephone and Demeterhttp://greece.mrdonn.org/greekgods/demeter.html
Echo and Narcissus http://lrs.ed.uiuc.e du/students/mmar assa/mythology/ec ho.html
Creating your own Myth or Legend• Choose something from the map your myth or legend will explain.• Choose characters (myth = non-human, legend = heroic).• Complete a story map/planning sheet.• Your solution MUST explain the phenomena you chose from the map and how it came to be.
If you choose to write a MYTH….• Your characters (non-human) MUST have supernatural powers of some kind.• Your myth MUST explain how or why something in this world happened of exists.• Your title MUST include “How _________ got _________” or something similar.
If you choose to write a LEGEND….• Your characters MUST have realistic human qualities (HERO).• Your myth MUST explain how or why something in this world happened of exists.• Your title MUST include “How _________ got _________” or something similar.