• Hi Everyone! This is your first assignment from me. I am focusing on ELA as Mrs. Crawford mentioned that some of you were moving quickly through the reading assignments for her.

    Our learning target is I can determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology.

    Today we're going to begin thinking about how mythology has impacted our language. The meaning of some words are directly linked to myths. Today we are going to read a myth that has impacted our language. In order to understand the influence of myths on language, we must study the etymology of words. Etymology means to study the origin of a word and the historical development of its meaning.

    Assignment 1:
    We are going to start with the story of Echo and Narcissus. Please read the following story.

    Echo and Narcissus
    retold by Linn Donn

    Echo was a magical wood nymph. Echo had the most beautiful voice. She was very musical and possessed a good and loving heart.  The ancient Greeks believed that nymphs were female magical creatures, who lived in the mountains, the rivers, the streams, the lakes, and the forest. Nymphs were believed to look like beautiful young women, and have very kind hearts. Echo was perhaps the most gentle, the most kind, and possessed a good and loving heart. She was very musical and had a beautiful voice. Echo lived deep in the woods and rejected all suitors, which made her, of course, a favorite of the goddess Artemis (goddess of the hunt.)

    One day, Zeus tore into the woods, looking for a place to hide. His wife, Hera, was after him again. Would he never learn to stop flirting with the nymphs who lived deep in the woods? Apparently not. Spotting Echo, he asked her to help him escape the eagle eye of his wife. One did not turn down a request from Zeus, not and live to tell about it.
    When Hera tore into the woods after Zeus, Echo sidetracked her with chatter and gossip. After that day, each time Zeus raced into the forest with Hera close on his heels, Echo sidetracked her with chatter and gossip. For some time, this worked well for Zeus.
    When Hera finally figured out what was going on, she punished Echo by denying her much of her beautiful voice. All Echo could do forever after was repeat the last few sounds she heard.

    Echo spotted the most beautiful young man. His name was Narcissus. Echo did something she thought she would never do - she fell in love. But Hera had taken most of her voice. All she could do was echo sounds made by others. She could howl like a wolf, but only if a wolf had just howled. She could sing like a breeze through reeds, but only if the reeds sang first. How could she tell Narcissus that she loved him?

    One day, she spotted Narcissus looking into a stream. He seemed enchanted by what he saw. He did not know it was only the reflection of himself.

    "Come to me," Narcissus begged, looking into the water.

    "Come to me," Echo echoed eagerl

    Narcissus swung about. "Who's there?" he angrily demanded to know.

    "Who's there," Echo echoed loudly.

    "Stop that!" Narcissus snapped.

    "Stop that!" Echo echoed.

    "Let's meet," Narcissus said in a much softer voice that he had used so far.

    "Let's meet!" Echo echoed happily. She stepped out from behind a tree.

    "Go away," Narcissus shouted at her.

    "Go away," Echo echoed. Echo went sadly away.

    Things did not go well for Narcissus after that. Narcissus returned to the stream again and again. He stared at the lovely young man he saw in the water, a young man who was only the reflection of himself.  Hidden from sight, Echo watched Narcissus as he lay  by the stream. She repeated everything that Narcissus said. Narcissus ignored her. Day after day he lay by the stream, admiring his own reflection. He stopped eating. He stopped drinking. And finally, he died. In the place where Narcissus dies, a beautiful flower grows, and the nymphs call it Narcissus.

    Assignment 2:
    Analyze and think about the story- themes, characters, characteristics of myths-If you have questions please just ask. Please send me a 5-7 sentence summary of the story in your own words. Write it in google and share with it me. Please remember to use all coventions that are appropriate for a 4th grade student.

    We will focus on the following words from the story: echo, narcissus, and narcissistic- a word that is derived from the word narcissus.

    So the modern dayword that I will lead you through is narcissistic.
    Narcissistic means having an excessive interest in oneself and one's physical appearance. A narcissistic person is someone who values himself or herself and what he or she looks like above all else.

    The word narcissistic comes from the story of Echo and Narcissus. Echo was in love with Narcissus, but he was so self-absorbed (he thought that he was so beautiful), that he could not see past his own reflection to know that she loved him. He never acknowledged or felt her love. Narcissus was so in love with his own outer beauty that he lost everything, including his life. This is the connection between the modern word and mythology.

    My sentence would be as follows:

    My narcissistic cat spends all day looking at his reflection in the mirror!

    My picture to help me remember might be someone looking in the mirror with a huge smile on the face's reflection.

    Assignment 3:
    All of this information for my word would fit in the following sections of a Frayer model. I want you to chose either echo or narcissius as your word. Complete a Frayer model for one of the words. Please do not type in my form.

    Frayer Model/Picture Dictionary






    Assignment 4:
    In keeping with our analysis of characters, please answer the following question.

    Exit Ticket: Choose either Echo or Narcissus. In 50 words or less, explain whether or not you think that they got what they deserved. Use evidence from the story to support your opinion.