What Is Myth? Crash Course World Mythology #1

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What are myths, what purpose do they serve, and how do they differ from other types of stories? Scholars watch a 13-minute video to explore an interesting topic in-depth. The video, which is the first in the Crash Course World Mythology series, makes a great supplement to an introductory lesson on mythology. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • As students watch the video, have them make a list of the features common to myths
  • Have individuals complete a Venn diagram to compare myths to short stories
Classroom Considerations
  • Makes a reference to rape and "deeply uncomfortable sexual content" beginning at 7:47
Pros
  • Fun, animated graphics help reinforce content
  • Narrated in a friendly, conversational, and humorous tone
Cons
  • None