Creation Myth Writing


[ Overview ]

For this assignment, you'll use what you've learned by reading and discussing creation myths to write one of your own.

[ Directions ]

  1. To remind yourself about the characteristics of myths, look over your notes taken during our gallery walk as well as these web resources:
  2. Using any method of your choice, brainstorm potential topics for your myth. Keep in mind that a creation myth should in some way explain "how things came to be this way." This might mean the creation of our world in general, or it might mean the origin/creation of some specific aspect of life, nature, or our world. Be creative with your choice; you don't necessarily have to write a myth about something "old" -- you could choose to create a new explanation for how a common, everyday object or occurrence came to be.
  3. Once you've decided on a topic, map out your story by creating a plot diagram. Your diagram should contain brief descriptions for 8-10 events that will appear in your myth.
  4. Create the first draft of your myth by following your plot diagram and fleshing out the ideas and description as you go. Be sure to include a creative, unique title (i.e. NOT "Creation Myth" -- this is the assignment name that should appear in your heading).
  5. Revise and edit your draft.
  6. Conduct peer conferencing.
  7. Create your final draft by making changes based on the feedback you received during peer conferencing.
  8. Save your finished myth as LastnameFirstname_CreationMyth.doc and submit it to TurnItIn.

[ Requirements ]

  • Your finished myth should be 1.5 - 2 pages in length (400-600 words).
  • Your finished myth should be typed using proper MLA formatting (i.e. complete heading, title, 12 point Times New Roman font, double spacing, 1-inch margins).
  • Your finished myth should show extensive detail and unique, creative thought. Make it fun! Make it interesting!

[ Due Date and Grading ]

The rough draft of your myth is due on Tuesday, August 28, and the final draft is due on Thursday, August 30. Your finished myth will be graded on its creativity, level of detail, and how well it represents the characteristics of a myth. Conventions and mechanics, of course, will also be taken into consideration.