3. Creation Myths
: Writing Goal—to have students write myths to show tolerance in creation.
Divide class into groups of about 4 or 5 students. Explain that they are all part of the same group but live in slightly different locales. Each group will have a picture of a Mesoamerican god. I have a number of small clay figurines which are quasi-replicas which I would use for my groups. The students would use these picture or statues as inspiration to create a creation myth centering around that god. They would give him/her a name, a significance, a function. After the myths are completed, the groups present them to each other. The students should look for links-can they all work together? Can they all belong to the same group?
The myths should be illustrated with drawings of the gods and their activities and used for either a book or a mural.