Pygmalion

Listen to an audio retelling about a man who carved a statue to escape Aphrodite's demands—and ended up falling in love with his creation. A version of the Greek myth "Pygmalion" provides the story's text so readers can follow along with the speaker.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pair with a class reading of George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, or with the 1964 film adaptation
  • Project the attached guide to Greek gods and goddesses onto the board as class members listen to the story
Classroom Considerations

  • Some romantic scenes may be too mature for younger audiences, though the language is not inappropriate for the classroom
  • Retelling does not emphasize the original myth's themes and motifs of self-obsession and narcissism; consider addressing these topics in a class discussion
  • Story is just over 11 minutes long
Pros

  • Provides a short summary of the myth in the introduction
  • Audio file makes the text accessible to struggling readers
Cons