Description: This proposal is organized around the myth of Europe through the use of a magnificent painting by the Bulgarian painter/illustrator Svetlin Vassilev and an extract from Ovid’s Metamorphosis. The thinking routine used is See-Think-Wonder. Students distinguish among Myths/Legends/Fairy Tales, practise observing and speaking while reflecting on the myth of Europe.
Level:Intermediate+ Learners:11+ Theme: Myths, Legends, Fairytales, Europa myth Language: Simple present, present continuous, past forms Skills: Observing, describing, group discussion, speaking, writing Materials: painting/definitions slides, downloadable worksheets.
Show your students Vassilev’s “Europa“.
What do you see?
What do you think about it?
What does it make you wonder?
Ask them also to guess the title of the painting. Students can work individually, in groups or in pairs. When I tried this routine with my students we worked in groups. Their ideas invloved:
Write on the board: Myth-Legend-Fairy Tale. Show your students the slide below and ask them to guess which one is a Myth, which a Legend and which a Fairy Tale.
Show the definitions and ask them which narrative form each definition is about.
Reveal the title of the painting and the name of the painter. Have them work in pairs to complete the activities in the worksheet.
Get feedback. Give students the worksheet with Ovid’s poem and ask them to work in pairs and order the sentences. After reading the ordered poem ask pairs to complete the other 2 activities.
Follow up Ask students to write about their favourite myth, legend, or fairy tale.
I hope find will this proposal worth experimenting with.