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A Modern Retelling of Ancient Greek Myths


Ancient Greek myths are still very relevant today. We can learn valuable lessons from some of them – like the story of Daedalus and Icarus that we watched and read. If anything, we can get great entertainment from them.


Step 1

For your project, you will choose a Greek myth from the list below and rewrite it or retell it for the present day. You can change the characters, the setting, the dialogue, and the events to modernize the story. But the general plot, theme, and message/lesson should remain the same.


Here is a list of Greek myths that you can choose from.

Watch the video from Ted Ed. If you want to learn more about the myth you choose, you can Google it and read up on it. I would recommend taking notes as you watch the video so that you do not have to watch it several times. It might also help you to watch some of the other videos with related characters!


  • The Myth of Arachne
  • The Myth of Hercules and the 12 Labors (8-bit)
  • The Myth of Icarus and Daedalus
  • The Myth of Prometheus
  • The Tragic Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice
  • The Myth of King Midas and his Golden Touch
  • The Myth of Sisyphus
  • The Myth of Pandora’s Box
  • The Myth of Jason and the Argonauts
  • The Greek Myth of Talos, the First Robot
  • The Myth of Jason, Medea, and the Golden Fleece


Step 2

After watching the video (and researching more if you want), write a summary of the story. Your summary should be AT LEAST 8 sentences long. You should include the plot, theme, and message/lesson in your summary. Plus it will help you with your retelling.


Step 3

Retell your myth in a modern context! Your retelling can be done in several formats:

  • Write it as a story (multiple paragraphs)
  • Create a cartoon (either a comic strip or animation)
  • Make a short video
  • Write a play or script
  • Social Media Page


REMEMBER: The general plot, message/lesson, and theme should stay the same. But the characters, setting, events should change in your retelling to reflect a more modern take on the story.



(What you are turning in)


You can submit your product however you see fit – a Google Slides presentation, a Google doc, a Google site, a creation from Canva, etc.


But you MUST include and organize the following elements in your product:

  • The ORIGINAL Title of the Myth you have chosen
  • The summary of the ORIGINAL myth
  • The title of YOUR NEW RETELLING of the myth
  • The product you created for YOUR NEW RETELLING of the myth

YOU MAY WORK INDEPENDENTLY, WITH ONE PARTNER, OR IN A GROUP OF 3 – NO MORE THAN 3 IN A GROUP. There will not be a sign up sheet – please just indicate on the project and via comments on Google Classroom.


Project = 2 grades

You will be graded on the following categories from 0 – 3

0 = No evidence of this exists

1 = Somewhat done/included

2 = Mostly done/included

3 = All done/included


  • Summary of the ORIGINAL myth is at least 8 sentences
  • Summary of the ORIGINAL myth is accurate
  • Summary of the ORIGINAL myth reflects the plot, theme, and lesson/message
  • Your RETELLING of the myth reflects the modern world
  • Your RETELLING of the myth has changed the minor details
  • Your RETELLING of the myth has kept the same general plot, theme, and lesson/message of the original myth
  • Project is a clear reflection of the chosen ancient Greek myth
  • Project follows the guidelines and listed ideas
  • Project makes good use of technology
  • Project is creatively done
  • Project demonstrates effort
  • Project is neat and cohesive
  • Project is complete and includes all four elements (Title of original myth, summary of original myth, title of new myth, retelling of new myth)
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