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Societal Myth Project. Due: Monday (September 2) Assignment: write a myth to explain something in modern society you don’t understand Examples: Why there is racism Why we use a capitalist economy Why we worship TV Why there are time zones Why there are 24 hours in the day

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Societal myth project

Societal Myth Project

  • Due: Monday (September 2)

  • Assignment: write a myth to explain something in modern society you don’t understand

    • Examples:

      • Why there is racism

      • Why we use a capitalist economy

      • Why we worship TV

      • Why there are time zones

      • Why there are 24 hours in the day

      • Why people cheat on each other


Example

Example:

  • Topic: why we worship TV

  • Theme/thesis of myth: we worship TV because our sleeping patterns were messed up by the god, Night, who was jealous of the time people spent in Day

  • Events: people used to get up when the sun rose and go to bed when it set; people spent all their time with Day and loved the sun; Night became lonely and wanted people to spend time with him so he invented stars but that didn’t excite people; he invented books and conversation but that didn’t excite people; so he finally he invented TV and it worked!

  • Literary Elements: Night as a character and his response to the way people spend time; the people as characters and how they spend their time; the imagery of stars and books and conversation and their affect on people; the symbolism of the TV


Connections between writing and reading

Connections between Writing and Reading

  • Writing a “paper” is not different from how authors write a “book.”

  • You can still prove something through fiction with similar strategies as if you were proving it in a “paper”

  • As you write your myth, remember you are proving something (the explanation for the thing in society you don’t understand)

  • See the chart on the next slide for more details:


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