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Greek Mythology Gallery Walk Ideas

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

Gallery walks can be a wonderful way to teach students about different concepts and topics. This lesson offers questions you can use for a gallery walk that focuses on Greek mythology.

Greek Mythology and the Gallery Walk

Are you teaching your students about Greek mythology? If so, you have a wonderful opportunity to expose them to abiding ideas and themes from history and literature. Students of all ages tend to be very interested in mythology, since it deals with so many exciting topics and gives them the opportunity to really engage with stories. Moreover, when students have a strong handle on Greek mythology, they will be better prepared to read literature from the Western canon overall, with its rife allusions to mythological motifs.

One way to teach Greek mythology is to incorporate gallery walks into your instruction. In a gallery walk, students circulate and look at different images or documents you have posted around your room. Individually or in partnerships or small groups, they write down or discuss their answers to questions you have posted alongside each document. Their answers and thoughts can then inform a group discussion or activity related to the theme.

The questions in this lesson will help you generate a meaningful and thought-provoking gallery walk about Greek mythology with your students.

Visual Questions

One kind of gallery walk really focuses on visual images. Some kinds of images you might use are pictures of Greek art and sculpture, modern interpretive illustrations of Greek myths, or even students' own artwork in response to Greek mythology. This section offers questions that will help students make the most of a visual gallery walk.

  • What do you see in this image? Describe it in your own words.
  • What do you think the creator of this image was hoping you would think or feel?
  • How does this image make you think or feel, and why?
  • What do you learn about Greek mythology from looking at this image?
  • What major mythological themes or characters does this image represent?
  • What questions about Greek mythology are you left with after looking at this image?
  • What, if anything, surprises you about this image, and why?
  • How is this image similar to and different from other representations you have seen of the same themes or ideas?

Comprehension Questions

You might also post short renditions of a set of Greek myths in different places around your room and let students read as they circulate. In this case, you will want students to focus on questions that guide their reading comprehension.

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