Presentation on theme: "Origins and Encounters"— Presentation transcript:
1Origins and Encounters The World on a Turtle’s Back
2Literature terms to know Myth—a traditional story, passed down through the generations, that explains why the world is the way it is.Creation myth—explains how the universe, earth, and life began.Instills a sense of awe toward the mystery of the universeExplains the workings of the natural worldSupports and validates social customsGuides people through the trials of livingDefinitions from THE LANGUAGE OF LITERATURE
3Vocabulary Void—an empty space Ritual—a ceremonial act or a series of such actsDevious—shifty; not straightforwardContend—to compete/vieSuccumb—to give up or give in; yieldLacrosse—game of Native American origin that is played on a field with long-handled sticks with webbed pouches.
4CharactersMain Characters—events center on the lives of one or more people, animals, or other beingsMinor Characters—interact with main characters and help move the story along.Static characters—tend to stay in a fixed position over the course of the story.Dynamic characters evolve as individuals, learning from their experiences.
5Characters in “World on a Turtle’s Back” A man/husband in Sky-WorldHis wifeBirds of the seaFish and creatures of the deepDaughterMan with arrowsTwinsMinor / staticMain / dynamic
6Cause and Effect Cause/Effect—one event that brings about the other. Example from storyEffect: EarthCause: Woman walked around in circle on a turtle’s back.What cause and effect did you find most interesting?
7Theme Central idea or ideas the writer intends to share Lesson about LifePeopleActionsDifferent readers can discover different themes in the same work.
8“World on a Turtle’s Back” Themesan Iroquois myth which explains how the world was createdexpresses a Native American ideal of people living in harmony with naturethe world is made up of forces that seem to be in opposition to one anotherthese opposites are needed for balance and harmonyGood/EvilHarmonybalance
9Discussion QuestionsHow did the animals help the woman who fell from the sky?What are the differences between the twins?What was the outcome of the duels between the twins?
10More discussion questions Why do you think that the people sing and dance for the left-handed twin?How does this compare to other creation myths that you have heard?How would you relate the left-handed and right-handed twins to the concept of good and evil?