Greek Mythology Presentation #5 -- Theseus and the Minotaur

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This is the fifth lesson in my Greek Mythology Presentation series. This is three “bull” stories– Zeus and Europa, The Cretan Bull, and Theseus and the Minotaur. Includes crossword puzzle with word bank and answer key. Editable.

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MORE LESSONS IN THIS SERIES

FAST FACTS

  • Recommended for: Grades 4-7
  • Lesson Duration: about 60 minutes
  • Formats: PPT, Google Slides, PDF
  • Editable: YES, all text is editable

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL GET

  • 42-slide PPT, PDF, + Google™ Slides presentation
  • 10 questions are embedded in the presentation to help keep students focused on the most important information
  • Crossword puzzle with separate word bank and answer key (3 pages PDF); works as quiz or review
  • all slides contain colorful clipart or a real photo of Greek art (no nudity)

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION

  • The presentation is divided into four main sections.
  • Three are “bull stories” that all relate to the story of Theseus and the Minotaur.
  • The fourth section describes three modern astronomy names we get from this story.

THE FOUR SECTIONS OF THE PRESENTATION ARE…

ZEUS AND EUROPA (BULL STORY #1)

  • Zeus and Europa are the Minotaur’s grandparents.
  • Zeus turned himself into a bull and kidnapped Europa.
  • He made her the Queen of Crete.
  • She and Zeus had a son named Minos, who grew up to become king.https://www.dropbox.com/s/636ie9jw1a5e6rg/Lesson%205–Theseus%20and%20the%20Minotaur.zip?dl=1

THE CRETAN BULL (BULL STORY #2)

  • Don’t worry! The original Greek story is quite racy, but this version is PG. I leave out the “hollow cow” part of the story.
  • This tells the story of how Queen Pasiphae (King Minos’ wife) came to fall in love with a bull.
  • She later gives birth to Asterion, a.k.a. the Minotaur.
  • Daedalus builds the Labyrinth as a prison for the Minotaur.

THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR (BULL STORY #3)

  • This is the longest part of the story.
  • Describes the death of Minos’ favored son, Androgeus, in Athens.
  • To avenge his son’s death, Minos required Athens to send 14 young people as sacrifices to the Minotaur every year.
  • Theseus, son of King Aegeus, volunteers as a sacrifice. He plans to slay the Minotaur and save everyone.
  • King Aegeus asks Theseus to change the ship sails to white if he lives.
  • Ariadne falls for Theseus and helps him.
  • Theseus slays the Minotaur and uses string to find way out of Labyrinth.
  • Theseus and Ariadne marry.
  • Theseus abandons Ariadne.
  • Ariadne eventually marries Dionysus.
  • Theseus returns to Athens but forgets to change the sails to white.
  • King Aegeus falls to his death in what is now the Aegean Sea.

ASTRONOMY TERMS FROM THIS STORY

  • Europa (Jupiter’s moon)
  • Taurus (constellation)
  • Corona Borealis (constellation)

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