Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon: Mini-Challenge, Mythology

There are two questions for IB Book Blogging's mini-challenge:
1. Favorite type of mytholgy: Greek, hands-down. I wish my curriculum included The Odyssey.

2. Favorite book with some type of mythology: Things Fall Apart
I teach to sophomores. It has great myths interwoven, but I especially like the one that talks about why a tortoise's shell is cracked (he borrowed some feathers to fly to the sky. A great feast was prepared and he said his name was "All of You." Those who'd prepared the feast said, "All of You" gets to eat first. The tortoise filled himself so there was none left for the birds. They took their feathers back and he couldn't get down, so he asked the parrot to deliver a message to his wife- that she should take all the soft things in the house and put them outside so he could jump. The parrot tells her to bring all the hard things out of the house- including a cannon and machetes. The rest becomes part of Ibo culture mythology forever!

Books I've decided to read for the Read-a-Thon:

I'm definitely being overly ambitious! My mom is coming tomorrow. I have to clean my apartment, and when she comes, our main goal is to decorate my classroom. If I get finished with one of these, it will be a miracle. But if we didn't have goals, nothing would get accomplished, right?

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