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"Greek Mythology for Teens" takes classical mythology to a new level by relating ancient stories to the culture, history, art, and literature of today. The book uses the innovative approach of reader's theater to teach mythology to teens, asking them to act out the stories and become engaged in a common learning experience. By looking at topics instrumental to both mytholo "Greek Mythology for Teens" takes classical mythology to a new level by relating ancient stories to the culture, history, art, and literature of today. The book uses the innovative approach of reader's theater to teach mythology to teens, asking them to act out the stories and become engaged in a common learning experience. By looking at topics instrumental to both mythology and modern culture, teens are encouraged to question topics such as heroism, foolishness, love, and more. Each chapter builds on a particular theme found in the central myth and includes activities, discussion questions, and exercises that connect the myth to the modern world and everyday life. Visually appealing sidebars also give background on Greek and Roman mythology and culture. "Greek Mythology for Teens" takes the classic myths taught in school and turns them into an engaging, interesting, and modern way of looking at old material.


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"Greek Mythology for Teens" takes classical mythology to a new level by relating ancient stories to the culture, history, art, and literature of today. The book uses the innovative approach of reader's theater to teach mythology to teens, asking them to act out the stories and become engaged in a common learning experience. By looking at topics instrumental to both mytholo "Greek Mythology for Teens" takes classical mythology to a new level by relating ancient stories to the culture, history, art, and literature of today. The book uses the innovative approach of reader's theater to teach mythology to teens, asking them to act out the stories and become engaged in a common learning experience. By looking at topics instrumental to both mythology and modern culture, teens are encouraged to question topics such as heroism, foolishness, love, and more. Each chapter builds on a particular theme found in the central myth and includes activities, discussion questions, and exercises that connect the myth to the modern world and everyday life. Visually appealing sidebars also give background on Greek and Roman mythology and culture. "Greek Mythology for Teens" takes the classic myths taught in school and turns them into an engaging, interesting, and modern way of looking at old material.

30 review for Greek Mythology for Teens: Classic Myths in Today's World

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vince Snow

    Really enjoyed it quite a lot. I felt intimidated by the prospect of reading Mythology so I took on a challenge a little easier. This book while simplifying things a great deal was a stellar introduction to the Greek myths and was quite easy and enjoyable to read. It filled in quite a lot of gaps in my myth knowledge. I would've loved to have had this book to read as a teenager to read about mythology and would recommend to any teen who has even a slight interest in the subject. Really enjoyed it quite a lot. I felt intimidated by the prospect of reading Mythology so I took on a challenge a little easier. This book while simplifying things a great deal was a stellar introduction to the Greek myths and was quite easy and enjoyable to read. It filled in quite a lot of gaps in my myth knowledge. I would've loved to have had this book to read as a teenager to read about mythology and would recommend to any teen who has even a slight interest in the subject.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Thomason

    This looks like fun to use with my JCLers.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I won this in a first reads giveaway. I haven't learned about Greek mythology since grade 8, but I was happy to revisit it. Especially in such a different manner! The book contains scenes to be acted out by students, followed up with supplemental information about each of the myths. I could visualize the entertainment value for students of all ages, although, as an especially shy introvert in high school, the mere thought of actually participating caused me to break out in cold sweats! The myths I won this in a first reads giveaway. I haven't learned about Greek mythology since grade 8, but I was happy to revisit it. Especially in such a different manner! The book contains scenes to be acted out by students, followed up with supplemental information about each of the myths. I could visualize the entertainment value for students of all ages, although, as an especially shy introvert in high school, the mere thought of actually participating caused me to break out in cold sweats! The myths were well chosen to parallel important issues that may arise in teenage life. If you know anything about Greek mythology, you may realize that the subject matter is often, at the very least, dark, bordering on morose. The dialogue written by Zachary Hamby brings a much needed comedic relief to otherwise morbid tales. It is also modern enough to keep teens interested, tying in pop culture references in an absolutely hilarious fashion. I loved the choice of discussion topics, often intermingling different media (listening to songs, watching movies or visiting websites), and I shout out a great thank you for the pronunciation guide, which I desperately needed! Overall, this book could be used as such a great tool for teachers, or simply a fun read. Versatile, educational, and delightful!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    This is a great idea for teaching high school age about Mythology. Each chapter covers a certain theme: The Nature of the Gods, The Loves of the Gods, Teamwork, Wisdom vs. Intelligence, etc. At the beginning of each chapter, there is a play which covers the theme of that section and is a great way to get students engaged in learning by giving them plays to act out. The sections within the chapters are short but informative and the design of the text breaks up themes and encloses each section so This is a great idea for teaching high school age about Mythology. Each chapter covers a certain theme: The Nature of the Gods, The Loves of the Gods, Teamwork, Wisdom vs. Intelligence, etc. At the beginning of each chapter, there is a play which covers the theme of that section and is a great way to get students engaged in learning by giving them plays to act out. The sections within the chapters are short but informative and the design of the text breaks up themes and encloses each section so divisions are easily seen. Between the layout of the book and the information, this is a great book for any teacher who covers mythology at these grade levels. The only improvement that could have been made was adding coloration to the inside images and text instead of the strictly black and white. The reason that I limited this to high school age is because they do go over the adulterous ways of Zeus and many of the sexual trysts he engaged in. It also discusses the inbreeding within the world of the gods and I feel this should be limited to older grades. This book adds fun by adding a modern day twist and terminology which will help students understand mythology better and I feel this is a great addition to the classroom which covers this!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Greek Mythology for Teens is a great way to teach today's teens about some of the most popular classical Greek myths. Packed with theme-based stories and activities, Greek Mythology for teens is a great resource for both the home and classroom! Even though I've been studying all things mythology for a few years now, I learned a lot from this guide. It made the less-interesting myths a lot Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Greek Mythology for Teens is a great way to teach today's teens about some of the most popular classical Greek myths. Packed with theme-based stories and activities, Greek Mythology for teens is a great resource for both the home and classroom! Even though I've been studying all things mythology for a few years now, I learned a lot from this guide. It made the less-interesting myths a lot more relate-able by comparing them to situations in a modern teen's everyday life and describing the personality of each god. I really enjoyed the little plays at the beginning of each new section - they could be a great way to get less-interested students to participate and learn the material while still having fun. I recommend this to high school teachers - English teachers especially!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dexter

    An absolutely fascinating and fun dive into Greek mythology. Even for someone like me who's read up on Greeks and myths, this is interesting. I learned things I never knew before, and this book challenges you to really think about what you've read. It gives you other sources as well, movie adaptations, paintings, music, and literature that all either retell a Greek myth or hold mythological elements. Zachary Hamby's writing is smooth except for a few phrases like "much different" that rub me the An absolutely fascinating and fun dive into Greek mythology. Even for someone like me who's read up on Greeks and myths, this is interesting. I learned things I never knew before, and this book challenges you to really think about what you've read. It gives you other sources as well, movie adaptations, paintings, music, and literature that all either retell a Greek myth or hold mythological elements. Zachary Hamby's writing is smooth except for a few phrases like "much different" that rub me the wrong way, and his illustrations are fun and clearly presented. Even if you don't get the chance to take an actual class with this as a textbook, I'd recommend reading it on your own. Whether you're an old hand at Greek myths or just getting interested, this is a great book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I like the way this book is set up. This book is worded in such a way that it is extremely easy to understand. There is so much information, yet it is organized to be quick to find what you need to find. I let my teenager read this book as well, she said it helped her to understand the book The Odyssey a lot better. She understood more about the characters, therefore it was more interesting for her. Excellent read if you like Greek Mythology!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brooklyn

    My dad won this, and he gave it to me to read... because I'm a teenager. So, it isn't exactly what I was was expecting. But it was still good. I thought it would have at least a couple of pages on the Goddesses and Gods instead of a teensy paragraph. But oh well. It was cool how the stories were told in skits. And the look of the overall book was kind of weird. My dad won this, and he gave it to me to read... because I'm a teenager. So, it isn't exactly what I was was expecting. But it was still good. I thought it would have at least a couple of pages on the Goddesses and Gods instead of a teensy paragraph. But oh well. It was cool how the stories were told in skits. And the look of the overall book was kind of weird.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jacque

    This was a very interesting book. It is written for teens so that they can learn mythology from Greece. This book takes Greek myths like narcyssus and puts them into today's language. This makes them easier to read for younger teens. I found it to be very interesting. I won this book on goodreads. This was a very interesting book. It is written for teens so that they can learn mythology from Greece. This book takes Greek myths like narcyssus and puts them into today's language. This makes them easier to read for younger teens. I found it to be very interesting. I won this book on goodreads.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

  12. 4 out of 5

    barbara

  13. 4 out of 5

    areadersjourney

    Great book for introducing students to the classic world of Greek myths!!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sephiroth06

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christina Cooney

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kayla G.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey

  18. 4 out of 5

    Spark Olaguez

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kn8317

  20. 4 out of 5

    TMM

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Vick

  22. 5 out of 5

    Toni Schmiegelow

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

  24. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

  25. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mitha Kotze

  28. 5 out of 5

    Baerana

  29. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

  30. 4 out of 5

    Addie

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