Mythology

Delta College ENG241

Calendar

Due Thursday August 31
Rosenberg – Read “Introduction” and come up with two questions and two connections.
Rosenberg – Read “Osiris, Isis, and Horus”
Answer Questions for “Osiris, Isis, and Horus” found on the Rosenberg page.

Tuesday September 5
NO CLASS

Due Thursday September 7
Discuss “Osiris, Isis, Horus”
Final of “Osiris, Isis, Horus” if rewritten
Draft Day: The Myth of My Creation

Due Tuesday September 12
Revision of The Myth of My Creation
Armstrong Chapter One Summary Assignment
Armstrong Media Assignment

Due Thursday September 14
Final of “The Myth of My Creation”
Final of Armstrong Chapter One Summary Assignment if rewritten
Rosenberg – Read “Enuma Elish”
Enuma Elish Geneaology Handout
Answer Questions for “Enuma Elish” found on the Rosenberg page.
Read Hell Hath No Fury online (Download and print here)

Due Tuesday September 19
Rosenberg – Read “Titans and Gods”
Answer Questions for “Titans and Gods” found on the Rosenberg page.

Due Thursday September 21
Watch a video and take notes to turn in at the end in-class. We’ll discuss the video Tuesday.

Video: Joseph Campbell The Power of the Myth, Episode 2: The Message of the Myth
Transcript of the program

Power of Myth Insert

Due Tuesday September 26
Rosenberg – Read “The Creation” (p 595)
Answer Questions for “The Creation” found on the Rosenberg page.

Due Thursday September 28
Read Armstrong Chapter Two Summary and Connection

Due Tuesday October 3
Rosenberg – Read “Ages of the World” (p 369)
Answer Questions for “Ages of the World” found on the Rosenberg page.
Cultural Values activity

Due Thursday October 5
Rosenberg – Read “The Woman Who Fell From the Sky” (p 625)
Answer Questions for “The Woman Who Fell From the Sky” found on the Rosenberg page.
Pourquoi stories

Due Tuesday October 10
Print / Read / Annotate / Bring to class – Doyle’s Creation Myths.

Due Thursday October 12
Read Armstrong Chapter Three Summary and Connection

Due Tuesday October 17
HeroesAreUs Introduction to Hero Myths

Due Thursday October 19
Short Film Monomyth Analysis
Read this Monomyth Outline

Due Tuesday October 24
Rosenberg – Read “Taming of the Sun” (p 360) and “Chi Li Slays the Serpent” (p 330)
Assignment: Comparative Analysis
Using information from the class presentation HeroesAreUs, write a comparison/contrast of these two myths analyzing the components which make them hero myths. Rosenberg discusses some of these aspects in the introductions to the myths (grey-shaded pages), but you can also look at what you see is similar or different in the characters, plot, and setting. Since each can be considered a hero myth, just recognizing patterns between them will help you to analyze and understand this genre. DO NOT apply the monomyth theory. Just stick to the content notes from the class presentation as well as making your own connections and comments.
MLA format – be sure to INCLUDE SPECIFIC TEXT SUPPORT.
Minimum 300 words / Point value: 10

Due Thursday October 26
Read Armstrong Chapter Four Summary and Connection

Due Tuesday October 31
Joseph Campbell Video

Due Thursday November 2
Rosenberg – Read “The Labors and Death of Heracles” (p 100)
Assignment: Write three questions that you think would make good quiz questions. Just write up the questions on a sheet of paper (typed or handwritten) with enough blank space for an answer. These should be true/false, multiple choice, or single word or short answer questions only. NO essay questions!
Bring In: If you have any old magazines laying around that you’d be willing to bring in to cut up, please do so.

Due Tuesday November 7
Armstrong Chapter Five Summary and Connection

Due Thursday November 9
Begin Ramayana
Rosenberg – Read “The Ramayana” (p 296)
Select three questions of your choice to answer from the list following the story in Rosenberg. Due Thursday November 9.

Due Tuesday November 14
Ramayana
Question responses due.

Due Thursday November 16
Finish Ramayana
Read Armstrong Chapter Six Summary and Connection

Due Tuesday November 21
Read “The Theft of Thor’s Hammer” (P 475)
Comparative Hero Assignment
Introduce Fertility myths

Thursday November 23
No Class for Thanksgiving Holiday
(There are also no Wednesday classes)

Due Tuesday November 28
Read “Raven and the Sources of Light” (p 634)
Answer Questions for “Raven and the Sources of Light” found on the Rosenberg page.

Due Thursday November 30 
Rosenberg – Read “Demeter and Persephone” (p 93)
Rosenberg – Read “Amatarasu” (p 335)
Write a comparison/contrast of these two myths analyzing the components which make them fertility myths. Rosenberg discusses some of these aspects in the introductions to the myths (grey-shaded pages), but you can also look at what you see is similar or different in the characters, plot, and setting. Since each can be considered a fertility myth, just recognizing patterns between them will help you to analyze and understand this genre.
MLA format – be sure to INCLUDE SPECIFIC TEXT SUPPORT.
Minimum 300 words / Point value: 10

Due Tuesday December 5

Due Thursday December 7
Read Rosenberg “The Origin of Life and Fire” (p 515)

Due Tuesday December 12
Read Armstrong Chapter Seven and write summary of this final chapter. You may choose to select a specific element in this chapter and write a connection/response, or you may choose at this point, after writing your summary of Chapter 7, to write and overall connection to the book as a whole. This is not a “critique” of Armstrong’s work, but rather a way to show that you are able to see the relationship of the book to the class and the connections you may have made while reading it to mythology as we have been studying it in class.

Due Thursday December 14
I will reserve this day for individual conferences. If you have questions/concerns regarding your performance in the class or have any final assignments which you and I have agreed could be turned in on this day, I will be available by appointment. Please e-mail me or talk with me before or after class to schedule a specific time. Thank you!

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