Writing Myths & Legends Jeremy Thompson Intermediate Language Arts
What is a Legend?Set in the present or recent past. Are supposedly true, and used to scare, teach, inform, or entertain. May be based on trueevents, but are changed or exaggerated over time. Handed down from generation togeneration, usual through an oral history. Explain why a natural occurrence occurs
Example: Sasquatch (bigfoot) Did you know that the Sasquatch was believed to live in the forests of Washington state?
Example: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table Possibly based on an actual person, or even several people, in ancient Britain. Stories were told, retold, exaggerate d, changed, and added to over hundreds of years. Used to teach moral lessons about chivalry.
What is a Myth? A traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some hero or event, thatpeople believe is true at the time. Usually contains non- human characters(gods, demons, demigods) Explains somepractice, rite, phenomenon, or why something is the way it is.
Example: Pandora’s BoxHow evil came into the world
Example: Persephone & Demeter Why winter comes each year
Example: Orpheus Myths do not need to have happy endings. In fact, most of them end very, very badly. Loss is inevitable
Writing your Myth or Legend Choose something Choose a character. Complete a storyfrom the class map Myth = non-human map/planning that your myth or sheet.legend will explain. Legend = human The solution of your story should explain Begin writing. how the item from the map you chose came to be.
Myth Legend Your character Your character (non-human) (human) should should have have realistic supernatural human qualities. powers. Your Myth Your Legend should explain should explain how or why something, orsomething in this teach some kind world exists. of moral lesson.