Over the past several weeks, fifth through seventh graders have been examining myths, legends, and fairytales peopled with heroes and villains (and monsters). The class has explored the meanings behind stories and the cultures from which the stories come. Now each student has chosen a specific tale and begun the process of learning more about the culture informing that tale. After answering pointed research questions, they will write an analysis, explaining how their story is a reflection of its culture.
One fifth-grader chose to research the Irish legend of Fionn Mac Cumhail, the hunter-warrior who, with his band of followers, is imagined to have built the Giant's Causeway. This is a good story for today--Saint Patrick's Day! Here is a picture of the Giant's Causeway in northern Ireland.