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King Midas' Golden Touch by Greek Mythology

Pixton Lesson Plan on King Midas' Golden Touch by Greek Mythology

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Character Map
  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard
  • Plot Diagram

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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings Greek myth to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on King Midas' Golden Touch by Greek Mythology
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings Greek myth to life with comics and storyboards.

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King Midas' Golden Touch by Greek Mythology

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  • King Midas from King Midas' Golden Touch by Greek Mythology
    King Midas

    Protagonist and tragic hero

  • King Midas' Daughter from King Midas' Golden Touch by Greek Mythology
    King Midas' Daughter

    Midas' beautiful and beloved daughter

  • Silenus from King Midas' Golden Touch by Greek Mythology
    Silenus

    A satyr who the King finds sleeping in the garden

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King Midas' Golden Touch by Greek Mythology

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  • River
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  • Rose
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King Midas' Golden Touch by Greek Mythology

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

The Greek myth of King Midas is a tragedy about the vice of greed and the inability to recognize the important things in life. Like many stories that involve wishes, King Midas does not fully consider the consequences of his wish. As a class, read "King Midas' Golden Touch" (available online).

Opening Discussion

Discuss the following:

  • Have you read any other stories or seen any films that involve a granting of wishes?
  • What are the common themes in these stories?
  • How are these stories "cautionary tales"?
  • If you had one wish, what would you wish for and why?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Mind Map
    Vocabulary & Allusions

    Complete during and after class reading.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Major Themes

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Plot Diagram (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Plot Diagram to track major conflicts and events in the story.

  • Extension / Modification
    Storyboard (Extension / Modification)

    Create a five panel Storyboard to illustrate TWIST analysis of the Greek myth.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • How is Midas a dynamic character?
  • What is significant about how the story ends?
  • What is the theme of the story?
  • In your opinion, what is the author's purpose?
  • After reading the story, what would you wish for and why?
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Pixton Activity: King Midas' Golden Touch 1 Character Map

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  • Character Map

Intro

Determining character traits is an important skill necessary to understanding the conflicts and themes of the plot. The characteristics that make up the main character and supporting characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Create a Character Map to illustrate how King Midas changes from the beginning to the end of the story:

  • It's important to add as many details as you can to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the character traits outlined in the novel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: King Midas' Golden Touch 2 Vocabulary & Allusions

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  • Mind Map

Intro

Review examples of vocabulary words from the text or have students identify their own:

  • Luxury
  • Abundance
  • Avarice
  • Revelry
  • Satyr
  • Fragrance
  • Despaired
  • Atonement
  • Astonished
  • Prosperous
  • Mourned

Review examples of allusions to mythological characters and places:

  • Phrygia
  • Asia Minor
  • Dionysus
  • Selinus
  • River Pactolus

Instructions

Create a Mind Map to illustrate a description of at least four words and/or allusions from the text:

  • Identify the word in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the word as it is used in the story.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: King Midas' Golden Touch 3 Major Themes

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the following themes:

  • Wealth and Greed
  • Choices, Fate and Free Will

Instructions

For each theme, identify at least two examples from the story and depict them in a Mind Map or Storyboard:

  • Identify the theme in the title
  • Briefly describe the evidence in the panel title
  • Create an image that summarizes the evidence
  • Include a quote or specific example that fits the theme

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Major Themes

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The theme is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The theme is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The theme is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The theme is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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