Ancient Greek Myths The Gorgon's Head Assembly or Class Play
Cast of 30 - easily adaptable up or down
Duration: around 10 - 15 minutes not including music
What was Poseidon thinking - taking on all these women? He might succeed at putting the youth Perseus in his place but a group of 'wronged women'? Never!
This is one of a large collection of Ancient Greek scripts written by Sue Russell – guided reading scripts also available.
Medusa: Just like I said! Gods! Men! The bane of our lives!
Poseidon: (Clutching his forehead, muttering) I think I have a headache coming on. (Pauses)You know something? I suddenly feel just a little outnumbered! Would you ladies mind just giving me a short break?
(Exit Athene, Medusa and Danae, shrugging their shoulders)
Poseidon: Phew! Peace at last! Oh, don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against ‘the weaker sex’
(Athene comes storming back)
Music 3 War – Edwin Starr – Brief excerpt
Athene: What was that you just said? Weaker, eh? I’ll show you weaker!
(Athene strides up and down, wielding her sword)
Poseidon: (Holding hand up) OK. I apologize.
Athene: Goddess of wisdom and war!
(To Poseidon) You’d do well to remember that!
Poseidon: (Aside) As if I could forget!
(To Athene) Now, what was I saying about having a little peace?
Athene: Huh! Give me war any day!
Poseidon: (Clutching head) Women! I knew I should never have agreed to this!
(Enter Perseus, giving Poseidon a ‘high five)
Perseus: What’s up, bro?
Poseidon: (Indignantly) Bro? I’ll give you bro!
Perseus: OK so I guess it’s Uncle, really – seeing as Zeus was my dad, and your brother!
Poseidon: Correct! So, no more bro, right?
Perseus: Fair enough! So, what’s the plan, dude?
Poseidon: (Exploding) Dude? That’s even worse than bro! What is it with you youngsters? Can’t you talk normally?
Perseus: (Sighing) OK I’ll try! I’m just not used to hanging out with oldies like you!
Poseidon: (Exploding) Now look here, young Perseus! If you and me are going to get along, you need to show a little respect!
Danae: Perseus! Where are those manners I taught you?
Poseidon: I think he might have lost them during his travels!
Danae: Well, let’s help him find them again! Poseidon is only trying to
Poseidon: (Looking at his watch) Get this story told? Well, that’s proving a bit of a challenge!
(To Danae) No offence, madam, but you women don’t half talk a lot!
(Enter Polydectes, accompanied by ‘several’ women, all chatting and laughing)
Polydectes: (Groaning) Tell me about it! You want to try keeping them quiet in court! Once they get going there’s no stopping them!
KS2 Literacy - The Myth of Perseus Lesson Plans
A 5 lesson unit that explores the Ancient Greek myth of ‘Perseus’, focusing on the episodic nature of the story.
This series of lessons uses drama techniques for pupils to get to grips with the myth’s characters and their relationships. Using timelines, pupils then record the myth’s structure looking at the ‘bad news’, ‘good news’ cycle within each episode, where Perseus is presented with further challenges and resolves them. Several ‘sentence level’ lessons help pupils to write rich descriptions and to improve the flow of their sentences and paragraphs. Pupils go on to invent their own episode for the myth.
Using Anthony Horowitz’s retelling of this myth (copy not provided), there are several activities looking at the different sections of this myth. This is the tale of Perseus and how he slays Medusa. Please see my ‘shop’ for further resources. As an optional starter task, you could create a ‘Pandora’s Box’ of objects related to the Gorgon’s Head myth, for students to use to predict what will happen. I have used toy snakes, pebbles, Halloween eyeballs etc. Students then use inference skills to create an impression of King Polydectes, draw the gorgons using the given extract, list four things they have learned about them (in the style of Language Paper 1 Q1) with answers supplied for easy self assessment. After this, students can research Athena on computers or phones. Students then analyse the writer’s use of language to describe Medusa’s cave using an evidence table which supplies suggested answers for easy assessment. Finally, draw Athena’s shield to include Medusa’s head and play the interactive whiteboard game ‘Gorgon’s Head’ to sum up learning.
The Adventures of Perseus, lesson plans and ideas, the myth kindly shared by Pie Corbett - please give credit! It then leads into a non-chronological report based on a 'new mythical creature' created from the names of the characters within the myth.
This Greek myth, retelling the tale of Perseus and Medusa the Gorgon, can be used to test reading comprehension skills in KS2. It also provides a model text and prompts for writing activities.
The text is accompanied by 20 reading comprehension questions. These questions target key comprehension skills such as retrieving information, making inferences and understanding unfamiliar vocabulary.
The Gorgons Head Lesson Plan and Guided Reading Script and Quiz
Each 'package' consists of lesson plan plus guided reading script (6 speakers) plus quiz/reading comprehension.
Lesson Plan (Around 20 – 30 minutes)
The lesson time can be reduced to 20 minutes by e.g. omission of quiz/discussion.
The script takes around 5 minutes reading time.
The quiz takes around 5 – 10 minutes.
These resources accommodate both small group and all class engagement. As explained in the lesson plan, whilst a group of six speakers read the script, the rest of the class (divided into teams) follows in order to answer questions that follow. There are also some ideas for follow up discussion, time permitting.
Time allowance is flexible - from 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how much of the package is used.
This script, along with four others (Theseus and the Minotaur, Odysseus and the Cyclops, Pandora's Box and The Tale of Two Spinners) is available as one product - The Ancient Greek Myths Guided Reading Scripts
Polydectus: Women! Nothing but trouble!
Perseus: I’d be careful what you say, if I were you! I think we’re a bit out-
numbered here today!
Medusa: Correct! I, Medusa, am here today representing my two immortal Gorgon sisters, Stheno and Euryate. Shame I wasn’t!
Athene: Well, don’t go expecting any sympathy from me! Messing around in my temple, with that Poseidon! You deserved what you got!
Beauty is only for those who deserve it! You certainly didn’t!
Medusa: And you made sure no one would look twice in our direction!
Danae: What! With all those snakes for hair! I’d say not!
Athene: Plus that other one small detail – that once someone did look in their direction, they didn’t make the same mistake again! They couldn’t!
1. Who wanted to marry Danae?
2. Who was the son of Danae?
3. Why was Polydectes apparently so annoyed at his wedding?
4. What did Polydectes trick Perseus into saying?
5. What did he ask for?
6. Why did he want Perseus out of the way?
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An outstanding Ancient Greece unit that covers all you need to know about the Ancient Greeks. All worksheets needed provided and detailed PowerPoints for each lesson. There is also a PowerPoint pack included that can be used for a display. Includes:
Basic information and quiz
Perseus and Gorgon
Athens vs. Sparta
Philosophy for children session
KS2 History year 3 year 4 year 5 year 6 knowledge skills lks2 uks2 ks3
This resource introduces pupils to different aspects of Ancient Greek culture and myths and legends using historical artefacts.
The following themes are covered:
Arts and entertainment
Mythology and Gods
Death in Ancient Greece.
Includes image bank to use with the included discussion and activity ideas. Also includes an overview of the Greek myth of Perseus and Medusa. Children can then reconstruct the story using the ‘Follow me’ question cards.
This resource was created by Leeds Museums and Galleries. More resources on Ancient Egypt, history, and all curriculum subjects can be found at www.mylearning.org.
I have uploaded a range of resources, teaching children about the star signs and constellations. There are 2 different presentations about the star signs. I focused on explaining how Greeks would create stories about the constellations, in particular, the story of Perseus and Andromeda. The children had a copy of the pictures and re-enacted the story. They then used the planning page to plan their own constellation story.
This unit is designed to provide in-depth revision of various narrative forms and techniques in a stimulating way. Children extend skills in comprehension and writing. The unit prepares children for more focussed SATs practice using papers.
Find other lesson plans and resources at www.hamilton-trust.org.uk.
Become familiar with a range of Greek Myths, The Orchard Book of Greek Myths by Geraldine McCraughrean, Greek Myths by Marcia Williams. Use them to study powerful verbs, verb tenses, use of first and third person, paragraphs and ways of showing dialogue. Children draw story maps to learn a Greek Myth off by heart and to retell another myth in written form.