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BACKGROUND

Roman mythology is the body of traditional stories pertaining to ancient Rome's legendary origins and religious system, as represented in the literature and visual arts of the Romans. "Roman mythology" may also refer to the modern study of these representations, and to the matter as represented in the literature and art of other cultures in any period.

The Romans usually treated their traditional narratives as historical, even when these have miraculous or supernatural elements. The stories are often concerned with politics and morality, and how an individual's personal integrity relates to his or her responsibility to the community or Roman state. Heroism is an important theme. When the stories illuminate Roman religious practices, they are more concerned with ritual, augury, and institutions than with theology or cosmogony.[1]

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Greek mythology is the body of myths and legends belonging to the ancient Greeks, concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world, and the origins and significance of their own cult and ritual practices. They were a part of religion in ancient Greece and are part of religion in modern Greece and around the world as Hellenismos. Modern scholars refer to, and study the myths in an attempt to throw light on the religious and political institutions of Ancient Greece, its civilization, and to gain understanding of the nature of myth-making itself.

Greek mythology is embodied, explicitly, in a large collection of narratives, and implicitly in Greek representational arts, such as vase-paintings and votive gifts. Greek myth attempts to explain the origins of the world, and details the lives and adventures of a wide variety of gods, goddesses, heroes, heroines, and mythological creatures. These accounts initially were disseminated in an oral-poetic tradition; today the Greek myths are known primarily from Greek literature.[2]

TASK

In order to better understand and appreciate the importance of mythology and storytelling, you will use NoodleTools, PhotoStory, classroom, library, and Internet resources to create your own version of a classic myth from Greek or Roman mythology. Your digital story will combine images and narration into a short slideshow that captures the essence of the myth and honors the culture from which it came.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Story should be between 2-3 minutes in length (approximately 20-30 slides)
  • The first slide should be an introductory slide.
  • The remaining slides should tell the story in your own words.
  • Each slide should be narrated in English.
  • Research (classroom, library and Internet) will be manged via NoodleTools and include a bibliography for all information and images used.
  • The research and bibliography must be completed before using PhotoStory to create the story.
  • Save all pictures and your PhotoStory project in your Dropbox.
  • The final PhotoStory video file and bibliography should be submitted via Canvas.

DUE DATE

The final product will be due at the end of class on February 21, 2012.

GRADING

Your final product will be uploaded to this wiki by your teacher, shown in class, and evaluated using this rubric. As you complete the project, be sure to refer to this page and the rubric so that you are able to meet the requirements successfully.

MYTHOLOGY STORIES

PROJECT CHECKLIST

  1. Sign up for a myth using this Google Spreadsheet.
  2. Locate two renditions of your myth and cite each using NoodleTools.
  3. From the two renditions, use Google Docs to write one summary of the myth in your own words. Share the summary with your teacher via NoodleTools.
  4. Locate relevant images, save them to Dropbox, and cite them using NoodleTools.
  5. Using your summary and images, write a narrative for each image using this storyboard template as a guide.
  6. Assemble and narrate your Photostory.
  7. When finished, save the PhotoStory to Dropbox as a video file.
  8. Submit the video and bibliography to Canvas.

IMAGE RESOURCES AND CITATIONS

Digital storytelling is an art form that requires careful attention to the selection and pairing of words and images. Here are a few resources and tips that can help you create a better final product:

Images

Retelling a myth in your own words requires creativity and imagination. The images you select should be representations of the main ideas in the story, not merely a collection of artist renditions.

Five to eight seconds is about the maximum amount of time anyone can focus on an image before losing interest. If you have lengthy narrations, you will need numerous images to tell your story effectively.

Image Sources

Flickr Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons
Quality Image Search: http://qualityimagesearch.com/
Encyclopedia Mythica: http://www.pantheon.org/areas/gallery/

Image Citation

NoodleTools will help you create an MLA citation for each image:


Google Images typically do not provide the photographer's name or title of the image, so use this modified format:
Google Images. Date Taken/Created. Online Image. Name of Image Site. Date you accessed/downloaded the picture. <http://www.electronicaddress.com>.

Flickr Creative Commons can be cited in this fashion:
Photographer's Name. "Title of Image." Date uploaded via Flickr. Creative Commons License.

EXPORTING THE PHOTOSTORY

When you have finished your story, you will need to export it as a .wmv (video) file. The image below shows the settings you should use. Be sure to:
  1. Save your story for playback on a computer
  2. Rename the project as your name (e.g. woessner.wmv) and save it to your Dropbox
  3. For the Quality Settings, select Setting 3 (800 x 600)
  4. Click NEXT to create the video file

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