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HS Mythology v1

.5 Carnegie Unit 

Instructor: Sheri Blankenship

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Instructor Information:

I absolutely LOVE teaching! I have been teaching English for 19 years and counting and feel it is my calling in life. I have had the opportunity to teach in Kentucky, Alabama, and Mississippi.

I currently teach Advanced Placement Language and Composition and Advanced Placement Literature and Composition to Juniors and Seniors, though I have taught a wide variety of subjects within my field including Mythology, Creative Writing, Mississippi Writers, Humanities, English Composition I and II, and English I-IV.

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Cell Phone: 601-278-2645 (during the day, text works best!)

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the email link in the "Communications & Tools" tab. NOTE: Whenever sending an email, please be sure to indicate your Course title and number in the subject line (ie, AP Art History).

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the HS department:

The University of Mississippi High School
P. O. Box 7959
University, MS 38677-0729

Phone: 662-915-1296
Fax: (662) 915-5138

Course Description:

I hope that you will find this course engaging and enlightening as you seek to add to your knowledge of classical mythology and its place in our world even today.


Required Textbook:

All page numbers referenced in the units, unless otherwise specified, refer to Edith Hamilton's Mythology, a book you will need to acquire for this course. I have also tried to list the headings that accompany the page numbers in case you do not have the exact same edition of Hamilton's book as I am using.

It is the student's responsibility to order his or her textbook. Online textbook retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

You must make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. have a working knowledge of the primary players and places and events in Greek and Roman mythology
  2. have a deeper understanding of the ways in which we humans sought to explain our world around us before scientific experimentation on the level we have today was possible
  3. discover that whether it is the 5th century BC or 2013, human beings still have many of the same characteristic flaws and struggles

Course Outline:

You will find 10 units that comprise this course, and each unit will be set up in the same basic format. Most units are designed to take approximately one week to complete, and each unit will have a Unit To Do List as the top page when you click on the unit folder. On this page, you will find a checklist of assignments and directions that will help you to complete the unit. Use this as your guide to the kinds of materials and assignments (discussions, dropbox assignments, quizzes, etc.) you will be asked to participate in for that unit. There is one proctored final exam in the course.

LESSON Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
1 Introduction to Mythology Online course notes, textbook pages Discussion Board, Question Set, Dropbox, Journal
2 The World of Allusions Online course instructions Begin 2 long-term dropbox assignments
3 Who's Who of Mount Olympus Online course notes, textbook pages Discussion Board, Question sets, Dropbox, Quiz
4 Stories of Love and Adventure Online course notes, textbook pages Discussion Board, Dropboxes, Journal
5 The Hero's Journey Online course notes, textbook pages Discussion Board, Question set, Dropbox, Allusion Powerpoint 1 dropbox
6 Heroes Before The Trojan War Online course notes, textbook pages Discussion Board, Question sets, Dropbox, Journal
7 Heroes of the Trojan War Online course notes, textbook pages Discussion Board, Question sets, Dropbox, Journal
8 Other Greek Myths Online course notes, textbook pages Question sets, Dropbox, Journal
9 Myths from Around the World Online course notes, textbook pages Question sets, Dropbox
10 Your Turn to Create Online course notes Dropbox, Allusion Powerpoint 2 dropbox. Final Assignment
Final Exam Essay exam Proctored exam

Grading Scale:

93 - 100% = A
85 - 92% = B
75 - 84% = C
70 - 74% = D
Below 69% = F

The grading format is as follows:

Journals/Discussions 15%
Questions/Charts/Quizzes 20%
Allusion Powerpoint 1 (Everyday Life/Culture) 15%
Allusion Powerpoint 2 (Literature, Art, Music) 15%
Final Unit Assignments 25%
Final Exam Essay Test: 10%