a myth to explore.
can be a written assignment, a poster presentation,
an oral presentation or a combination.
How many versions of the myth can be found? (Document
What differences, if any, are there between the
Where did the myth originate (or where is it thought
that the myth originated)?
Trace the evolution of the myth through history.
What parts, if any, have changed and why do you
suppose those parts changed?
Is there any evidence that the myth, or parts of
it, had an origin in historical fact?
Does the myth have any similarity with other myths?
If so, explain those similarities.
Why do you think the myth originated? What characteristics
of the people and environment may have contributed
to the creation of the myth?
What, if any, purpose did the myth serve for the
society in which it originated or was promoted?
Is there a moral or lesson to be learned from the
myth? If so, what is it.
Is the myth still alive today? If so, where and
among what peoples? How is it being used now? If
the myth is no longer alive, why do you think it
Does the myth contain any elements that remind you
of modern-day beliefs and paranormal claims? If
so, what are they.
Has the myth been presented through fictional accounts
- books, movies, television programs, etc.? Describe
Compare questions 11 & 12 and suggest why the
myth, or parts of it, are presented as both nonfiction
and fiction and what is the difference between the
two. What are the advantages and disadvantages of
Describe the parts of the myth that are possible
and impossible based on our understanding of science
and reality and explain why.
Based on your research above, present an essay,
a poster presentation and/or an oral presentation
that provides a summary of your research.
As an introduction to the above assignment, write
a 1000-2000 word summary of the most popular version
of the myth. Reference all sections that are discussed
in the research paper by using footnotes or end
Include a bibliography for all resources you used
to conduct your research.