The Legend of Hercules

Gaining knowledge is one important reason why people read literature. Students (and some teachers and parents) often ask why school curriculum requires them to read things like Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare or epic poems like Beowulf. While this could lead to a much larger discussion, one reason for reading “classic” literature is that books …

Popular Greek Myths

The Greek gods and goddesses from our past few blog posts are important since they are characters in various Greek myths. These myths explain how the world came to be or explain natural phenomena.  Here are some popular stories related to Greek mythology that you may wish to explore in more depth.  Scylla and Charybdis:  …

Greek goddesses

Last week we shared information about the Greek gods since they are characters within Greek Mythology that exhibit both human qualities and supernatural powers. This week we are rounding out the Mount Olympus family tree with the most notable Greek goddesses.  Aphrodite  Aphrodite is the goddess of love and beauty. There are a few different …

Greek gods

Greek Mythology contains many heroes and themes, yet it also contains many Greek gods and goddesses. These gods and goddesses lived on Mount Olympus, which is the highest mountain in Greece. It is difficult to truly understand Greek mythology without having a background in the names and characteristics of the deities.  Most Greek gods and …

Story Villains?

Most books, movies, tv shows, etc. all have clear protagonists and antagonists. For example, most children can identify that the Big Bad Wolf is a villain in Little Red Riding Hood and Maleficent is the villain in Sleeping Beauty. However, these one-sided stories do not leave room for understanding all perspectives. Oftentimes, media tells us …

The Hero’s Journey

Last week our blog post discussed the attributes of heroes and how those traits change in different cultures depending on that culture’s beliefs.  One thing that connects many hero stories across time and genres in our present day is the arc of the Hero’s Journey. The monomyth of the Hero’s Journey was developed by Joseph …

What is a Hero?

Last week our blog featured storytelling and the ways that this helps create understanding between diverse peoples. A central aspect of these stories is the heroes that are featured in them. What do you think of when you think of a hero? I tend to think of the countless Marvel movies that were released since …

Storytelling

As an education student at Hope College, I get to join a classroom at various times throughout the week to learn about education from a practicing teacher. One of my placements teaches a Greek mythology elective, which is one of my favorite classes to observe because of how engaging it is.  This class made me …

Book Recommendations for Women’s History Month

What better way to celebrate Women’s History Month and Reading Month than to read some books featuring women by women? Here are a few recommendations from our team or find another online list to get you started.  In the Time of the Butterflies  This is a historical fiction account of the Mirabal sisters during the …

Reading in Everyday Places

March is National Reading Month, which typically is used to encourage readers across the ages to read every day. Reading more sounds like a great idea in practice, but I often struggle to fit in time to sit down and read a book.  Yet, we discuss in many of my English and education classes that …