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Creation Myth Play Scripts
What do cultural creation myths tell us about the values and history of civilization?

In this 9-12 lesson, students will explore different cultures’ supernatural explanations for human existence to write a creation myth play script. They will identify common elements between stories and make comparisons between creation myths. Students will perform the play for an audience and engage in post-performance discussions.

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Learning Objectives 

Students will: 

  • Synthesize and discuss supernatural creation stories.
  • Describe the basic elements of the stories, pointing out similarities and differences.
  • Compare two creation myth stories and their basic elements.
  • Collaborate in groups to research and gather information about a culture.
  • Write an original play containing elements of creation myths and facts about a culture. 


Standards Alignment

Recommended Materials

Creation Myth Examples: Iroquois, Aboriginal, African, Hebrew/Christian, Greek, Japanese, Additional Creation Myths, Cultural Creation Myth Comparison Organizer, The Big Myth, Playwriting Seminars, Creation Myth Skit Assignment, Rubric: Cultural Creation Myths


Teacher Background

Teachers should be familiar with creation myths. Preview the recommended materials prior to the lesson. This lesson can be used to enhance the study of any culture or civilization by an examination of its cultural origin. 


Student Prerequisites 

Students should have some familiarity with mythology and knowledge of a variety of cultures (those covered in history, social studies classes, or student cultures). 


Accessibility Accommodations

Provide assistive technologies for students and extra time as needed for research and writing.

  • Original Writer

    Daniella Garran

  • Editor

    JoDee Scissors

  • Updated

    January 23, 2020

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