Module 9 Myths: Pre and Post Questions

My position on teaching myths is that they are a great tool.  In my opinion, I think that Myths are a very important part of literature.  By teaching myths, students are not only able to expand their vocabulary or comprehension skills, but teaching myths also helps to activate the students use of their imagination.  I think that it is not only acceptable, but also should be encouraged to teach myths in the classroom because of the benefits that teaching them provides.  I think that basic myths are the best ones to be taught in the classroom.  The type of myths that are just simple and entertaining without being controversial because it gets the students interested and keeps them engaged.  When it comes to myths that deal with controversial issues like creation or religion myths, I think that it is best to stay away from those, especially in younger grades because they can become an issue for younger students.  The younger students especially will get curious and start to have questions about those controversial topics which is something that should be handled at home and not in the classroom.  Therefore, I think that teachers should definitely teach myths in classrooms, but try to stay away from myths with controversial topics like creation or religion.

After reading this modules readings, I have so much more information and interest in myths, and especially their role in the classroom.  I also got a chance to look at myths in a different light after reading these articles as well.  After reading the article, “The Modern Quest: Teaching Myths and Folktales”,  I was able to see how myths can help students because of how diverse they can be.  As the article says, “The truth, of course, is that these tales are a small part of the world of myth, and mythmaking is very much alive, a multicultural expression of universal symbols and beliefs”.  This shows just how diverse these myths can be which is very beneficial to students.  I also learned from this article that teachers are often hesitant to teach this subject.  The article says, “And because of unfamiliarity with the subject, few teachers design units or courses with an in-depth approach” showing that because a lot of teachers aren’t familiar with these types of stories, they are very hesitant to actually take time to teach in-depth lessons about them.  Also, after reading the article “The Problem of Defining” I learned that myths can cover such a variety of different topics.  As the article begins with, “The first thing that one realizes in trying to grasp the semantic implications of myth is that myth can cover an extremely wide field.”  This explains just how much teachers can teach about the subject.

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