17th August 2020
Today, we shall learn the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. This story is over 3 000 old, and comes from the country of Greece. Here is the flag of Greece:
Greece is in Europe. It is a very hot country, and has many stories from history. The capital city is Athens.
Have you ever seen something like this before ?
This is the Minotaur, half man, half bull. He was extremely strong, extremely angry and very, very scary. He lived near Greece, on the island of Crete:
The Minotaur lived underground in a big maze called the labyrinth. Every year, the King of Athens had to send 14 children for the Minotaur to eat. This is a labyrinth, a huge maze. It is very easy to get lost inside a labyrinth.
The king had a son called Theseus. He was a hero. He decided to go and kill the Minotaur.
The King of Crete had a daughter called Ariadne. When she saw Theseus, she decided to help him. She gave Theseus a big ball of string. He tied it to the door of the labyrinth, then used it so he wouldn’t get lost:
Theseus found the Minotaur.
They had a long fight because both Theseus and the Minotaur were very strong. Finally, Theseus won and killed the Minotaur.
Then he returned to Athens with Ariadne. The people were so happy, and Theseus became a hero in Greece.
Now watch the lego film of the story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-zWkDElTyc
Speak a little slower than normal.
Look at your audience.
Make your voice interesting.
Use great adjectives.
Act out the exciting parts of the story
GOOD LUCK !
3 thoughts on “Public Speaking for Young learners: Theseus and the Minotaur”
You forgot the part where he went on the write the thesaurus afterwards. 😀 😀 😀
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I also had to edit how the Minotaur was conceived, how Theseus’ dad committed suicide and how Theseus dumped Ariadne on the island of Naxos (not to mention that most Google images show Theseus naked, Classical-style) … but it’s STILL a good story ! Seriously, I’ve used this story twice in high-energy (i.e. LOUD, unruly) classes and I’ve held ALL their attention … just goes to show the power of a good story.
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