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#1 Jinnah

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 01:08 PM

I am trying to decide when to teach this, and am curious as to when it is taught in ps... does anyone know? Or do you remember what grade you learned it in? I know it is taught in middle/highschool, but what about elementary school?

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 01:11 PM

Where I am mythology is taught in 6th grade. I don't know if it is taught earlier at any point.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 01:12 PM

Mythology is part of literature. 6th or 7th grade, I think.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 01:19 PM

Do you think homeschoolers introduce it earlier? I am trying to decide when to teach it, and I just can't remember when I learned it... seems like it was in elementary school, but who knows.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 01:25 PM

I think in VA, it is first grade on through.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 01:30 PM

7th grade...then again, history was not taught classically. We were taught in a self-centered way (younger grades were about family, town, city, then your state in 4th grade, US history in 5th - no rhyme or reason and CERTAINLY not in chronological order).

#7 Jinnah

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 01:34 PM

I think in VA, it is first grade on through.


I am from CA, and I'm pretty sure they taught it in elementary school as well. Maybe not 1st, but by 5th.

7th grade...then again, history was not taught classically. We were taught in a self-centered way (younger grades were about family, town, city, then your state in 4th grade, US history in 5th - no rhyme or reason and CERTAINLY not in chronological order).


I think I like the chronological order better.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 01:37 PM

6th grade as part of Social Studies, then again in 10th grade as part of English.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 01:39 AM

I don't think I learned one bit of Greek mythology until I was reading D'Aulaire's to my oldest. I'm not bragging - I think it's shameful.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 03:48 AM

I didn't learn anything about it until college. There was no history at all until 8th grade. It wasn't covered in literature either.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 05:09 AM

Our evaluator is a 3rd grade teacher. She mentioned mummifying apples for their unit on Egypt.

Ds doesn't remember covering any of it in K-4. We are in a different district.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 06:00 AM

I am trying to decide when to teach this, and am curious as to when it is taught in ps... does anyone know? Or do you remember what grade you learned it in? I know it is taught in middle/highschool, but what about elementary school?


I know I read a lot in elementary school, but I think that was because I spent a lot of time in the library.

I know that we did a detailed unit in 8th grade, but that instructor really marched to his own drum.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 06:18 AM

I know I had learned about the myths in primary school. I don't know at what age. I also learned a huge amount of ancient history at Church. and when I started year 7 ( high school here in Australia) we did history chronologically, over 2 years. first year, Sumer, Egypt, Greece, Rome, second year, history of England form vikings up to the using of Australia as a penal colony, then year 9 was all about Australian History.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 06:57 AM

In our district in Illinois, it's taught in the freshman year. The Odyssey is required reading then, too.

I read mythology to my third grade library class because the elementary school didn't touch upon it at all.


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Posted 01 July 2010 - 07:12 AM

We did all America history/ your community type stuff in K-8. We might have had a myth or two in our reading books in those years, but none that I remember. In high school, I took a half credit class in World History in which we learned about the Phoenicians, a bit about the Greeks and Romans, and a bit about Ancient China. :001_smile: They probably mentioned myths. The only real coverage was in 10th grade English, when we read portions of Edith Hamilton's Mythology. That may only have been because it was an Honors English, though.

I wouldn't go by when the public schools teach it, though. They are student focused in the early grades (My community, My neighborhood, My family.) It is far better to expose students to the wonders of history and ancient cultures when they are young.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 07:22 AM

It's emphasized quite heavily here (VA) as far as I can tell from the state website requirements. We covered it already as part of Ancients and will do it again as the cycle returns to Ancients.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 07:24 AM

I learned it in 7th grade. I remember really liking that class because we got to color pictures of each character (super simple) and we watched Clash of the Titians. It was pretty much a blow off class, but it was fun and I still remember many of the stories.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 07:26 AM

6th grade in history class.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 07:29 AM

They have a couple myths in 6th grade to correlate with SOcial studies being focused on Europe and South America. It's not a lot of studying. I was on the 6th grade Social Studies curriculum committee here. The Ancient Greek section of the textbooks I had to read ranged from a paragraph to 2 pages. Myths were all optional for social studies but the English class was supposed to have a couple of them as literature.

They also have to read a myth in 5th grade and then myths are covered in 9th grade literature, and I believe they are needed for AP Literature.

I don't think public school covers them as in depth as most homeschoolers do lol. Most of my study of myths was outside of school because it was a high interest area for my mother.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 08:10 AM

Dd went to ps for 3rd grade, and they covered Greek civilization, including myths.
I hate how they do history here--I don't think there's one stupid school year where something is taught in sequence with the year before.:tongue_smilie:

#21 SailorMom

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 08:22 AM

In my district in CA, nothing until Freshman year of high school.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 08:29 AM

My kids did ancients in 2nd grade in public school, and they did myths from many cultures including Greek myths. They are also part of lit class in 6th and 9th grades. In 9th grade they also do The Odyssey in lit. I assume they will be mentioned again in APWH in 10th grade, too.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 09:30 AM

As a kid, in California in the 80's, we studied no world history at all until 7th grade. Before that it was 'social studies' where we had unit studies on things about our communities or states or pioneers or presidents or something. I didn't learn about Greek mythology or study Greece in any depth until I was a freshman in college.

At the local public schools here, I think they get ancient history (including myths) in 6th grade?

#24 Jinnah

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 11:42 AM

Thanks for all the responses... I really appreciate it!

I thought there was a general time period that it was introduced in schools, but it looks like it is very random.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 11:48 AM

There is no standard national curriculum, so there's really no for-sure answer to this question.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 11:50 AM

We briefly touched on it in 10th grade world history, but other than that we never even touched it.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 12:14 PM

I had it in 4th grade, but that was 30 some-odd years ago.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 12:30 PM

I didn't get one scrap of Greek mythology throughout my entire school career...and I have a degree in History!

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 12:30 PM

In CA right now, in 6th grade the kids learn about the ancients, but not a lot of detail about their writings or mythology. Those tend to be covered sometime in high school, but not necessarily--it varies from school district to school district which books are studied in literature classes in high school.

#30 Dawn in OH

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 01:23 PM

I don't remember ever learning any mythology in elementary school. Although I'm sure we must have, because when we covered it in high school, 9th grade English class, I already knew most of it.

I began introducing it to my children two years ago (that would be equivalent to First Grade), mainly because the names Hades and Cupid came up in some movies they were watching. We expanded from there.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 01:27 PM

We did some in 6th grade, and then again in literature in 9th grade.

I don't remember what we did in K-3 for history, 4th grade was about our state, and 5th was US geography with some basic history thrown in.


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