Creation Myth Essay Topics

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Learning about different kinds of creation myths is an important way for students to gain insight into cross-cultural similarities and differences. The essay topics in this lesson will help your students write about creation myths.

Writing About Creation Myths

Are your students reading or learning about mythology? If so, you are probably spending some time teaching them about creation myths. There are so many different creation myths, and reflecting on their similarities and differences can be a great way for students to learn about what is and is not shared across cultures and time periods. Commonalities among different creation myths can also help students reflect on what is intrinsic to human nature, and what we as people rely on stories to explain.

This lesson provides you with essay topics that will help your students develop their own voices and ideas in writing about creation myths.

Topics About Specific Myths

  • Choose one creation myth to focus on. Write an essay describing the problem in this myth, and how the problem or conflict led to creation. In your essay, reflect on what it means to see creation as the outcome of a particular problem or conflict, and postulate as to how the specific conflict in this myth works to frame creation.
  • Focus on a creation myth from a culture that feels very different from your own. Write an essay that makes a strong argument about exactly how this myth describes creation. For instance, is creation a good thing or a bad thing? Is creation something that happens once, or something that unfolds over time? Does creation come with any specific conditions? As you make your argument, generalize in terms of what the myth might show about the culture it originates from.
  • Zero in on a creation myth of your choosing. Then, select one character within the myth and write an essay describing this character's identity and role in creation. The character might be a human, animal or god; you can use your writing to reflect on the relationship between the individual and society or culture overall.

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