Eighth grade adds Greek mythology to Study Skills lineup

Posted: May 20, 2015 in Academics, Beyond Texbooks, Enrichment, Study Skills

By Kenzie Surratt
Cougar News Blog

     CCJH introduced a new study skills this quarter, Greek mythology, with eighth-grade science teacher Regan Roach. Students in her class focus on major Greek gods and the stories behind them.
     The purpose of the class is to learn about major players in Greek mythology, such as Zeus and Poseidon. Students watched two movies near the beginning of the quarter, Clash of the Titans and its sequel Wrath of the Titans. They are also in the midst of reading The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Mrs. Roach helps the students learn about the conflicts and resolutions in the fantasies.
     “I would expect that the students either learn more about Greek mythology or that they will learn how to help others,” said Mrs. Roach
     Many students in the class had prior knowledge in Greek mythology, or knew the basics of it. There were also some students who had studied the characters and their adventures on their own, while there’s also classmates where this is their first lessons on the topic.
     “I knew that Zeus was the main god and that there are a lot of gods,” said student Carole Altherr. “I (have) learned a lot more about the family of Zeus.”
     Mrs. Roach got the idea for the enrichment elective from a language arts teacher. Students primarily chose the class because they were interested in the subject.
     “I chose this topic because it was something that I knew very little about and felt that it would be an awesome way for us to learn together,” said Roach.

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