Writing

Mini-Lesson/Lecture III – Myth in Today’s Culture

Prepare three 7-10 minute mini-lessons/lectures on mythology. Each of your lessons/lectures should be about 500-750 words long (about 2 ½ to 3 ½ pages double spaced, Times 12 point font with 1-inch margins). This is not much time, so you will want to be concise, but conversational, as this is a presentation not an essay.  

This lecture should do the following:

 Demonstrate to your audience how the building blocks of myth, mythic themes or elements of myth can be found in today’s culture.

  1. Pick one contemporary movie, video game, book or other piece of entertainment from American culture and show your audience how mythic themes, building blocks or elements appear in it.
  2. You may use images, clips or other multimedia elements in your presentation to illustrate your points.

For example, you might talk about the heroic theme in the original Star Wars series, show some pictures or a short clip from the films in your presentation, and discuss how Luke travels the hero’s path.

Mini-Lesson/Lecture III Grading Rubric

A

B

C

D

F

Use of Details

Discussion of the mythic elements /themes/building blocks done in the proper amount of detail for audience understanding

Discussion of the mythic elements/

themes/building typically good, but need more clarity to promote audience understanding

Discussion of the mythic elements/

themes/building blocks is too brief or unclear to promote audience understanding

Discussions of the mythic elements/

themes/building blocks do not contribute to audience understanding

Inadequate discussion of

mythic elements/theme

Grammar & Mechanics

Grammar and usage are correct and contribute to

No misspellings or grammatical errors in the text of the lecture.

Grammar and usage are typically correct and errors did not detract from the clarity of the lecture. Three or fewer misspellings and/or mechanical errors.

Grammar and usage were typically correct but errors detracted from the text of the lecture. Four misspellings and/or grammatical errors.

Repeated errors in grammar and usage distracted greatly from the text of the lecture. More than 4 errors in spelling or grammar.

Grammar and mechanics inadequate.

Focus & Purpose

Establishes a purpose early on and maintains a clear focus throughout.

Establishes a purpose early on and maintains focus for most of the presentation.

There are a few lapses in focus, but the purpose is fairly clear.

It is difficult to figure out the purpose of the presentation.

Presentation unacceptable,

lacking thesis statement and/or

concluding statement.

Presentation rambles or

jumps from topic to topic

without clarity or evident

purpose.

Content

Covers topic concisely, but in-depth with details and examples. Subject knowledge is excellent.

Includes essential knowledge about the topic. Subject knowledge appears to be good.

Includes essential information about the topic but there are 1-2 factual errors or misunderstandings.

Content is minimal OR there are several factual errors.

Shows very limited or no

mastery of topic and/or

content.

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