American Lit: Creation Stories!


  • ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will examine a Native American creation myth and then read a second creation myth in small groups and present it to the class.

Opening Session
-Read Earth on Turtle’s Back

Work Session

-Divide into groups
-Each group reads another creation myth:

  • When Grizzlies Walked Upright
  • Genesis
  • Hindu Myth
  • Buddhist Creation Myth
  • Aztec Creation Myth
  • Greek Flood story
  • Mayan Creation Myth

Each group learns and presents their myth to the class.

Closing Session
Brainstorm for writing your own creation myth

Formative – presentations, brainstorming

Scaffolding, learning style, difficulty of myth

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