Grade 3 Language Arts Curriculum
Introduction to Greek Mythology
Many activities are open-ended,
encouraging students to state a point of view, make
an interpretation, or relate the readings to
personal experience. Engagement in art, music,
and drama activities also provides students
with the opportunity to exercise various modes
of expression and understanding. Questions
found in literature lessons promote higher
level thinking and allow teachers to engage
students in more in-depth discussions of selections.
Extension activities provide opportunity to
generalize beyond the lesson topics.
Greek mythology has had a far-reaching
effect on the literature, art, and music of
western civilization. The activities of this
unit focus on establishing the relationships
between these stories and our culture today.
The concept of change is examined within the
content of the myths by looking at how a character's
life is affected and changed either by a personal
choice or the power of an outside influence.
Activities further explore the foundations
of our language, the role of the story (the
myth) to explain the world, as well as the
origin of drama and opera in ancient Greece.
Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) awarded
the Greenwich Public Schools teachers who developed
it the award for outstanding curriculum for
gifted students in 2000.
Journeys and Destinations
This unit uses an inquiry-based,
interdisciplinary approach to investigate
literature. The guiding theme of the
unit is the recognition of change as
a concept that affects people and their
relationships as well as the world around them.
An open-ended approach to the discussion
process emphasizes the search for meaning
in literature. Vocabulary and grammar
development supports the readings as
well. Throughout the unit,
students consider the role of memory
in their lives through writing about
memories and researching the role of
technology in preserving memories.
A language arts curriculum should
expose high-ability students to exemplary
works of literature that challenge their
critical reasoning and nutture their search for meaning
in an ongoing quest to understand themselves
and those within their world. This unit
provides such a quest. Moreover it provides an array
of opportunities for active student learning
in the core language arts strands of reading,
writing, oral communication, and language