Mythology II Children’s Literature Unit WRITING #2 Name______________________________ Period _____ You have just finished studying J.K. Rowling’s use of mythology in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and J.R.R. Tolkin’s Fellowship of the Ring with a side trip into C.S. Lewis’s use of both Biblical and mythological allusions and references in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (in the Narnia series). The first level of this unit encouraged you to notice the use of mythology; the second level required you to recount the stories supporting those uses; the next level of understanding will require you to read six children’s books and analyze the use of mythology within them; and the final level of thinking requests you to “make something of your observations”. Reading/Writing Assignment: Read 6 children’s books and write an annotation (with correct bibliography) for 5 of the 6 books. The annotation must analyze the usefulness of the book for your essay and include a summary of the book. Please limit your annotations to fewer than 75 words, typed. An annotation is a brief summary of a written work, which also contains comments on the usefulness of that piece of literature so that the reader of the annotation can decide whether or not to read the work itself. The writer of the annotation helps the reader to understand the strengths and shortcomings of the literature. A sample is provided for you below. Essay Assignment: Write an essay (2-3 pages) in which you assert your opinions about HOW and WHY authors use mythology in children’s literature. You can consider the illustrations as well as the text. You will use Fellowship of the Ring and Harry Potter as the foundation texts as well Narnia and the short children’s books for support and examples in your essay. Please type this essay according to instructions given in class. Annotations will be due on ____________, ____________ ____ in class. Final essays will be due no later than ____________, ____________ ____. I am available before and after school each day for assistance. A Sample Annotation for you: De Paola, Tomie. Fin M’Coul. New York: Holiday House, 1981. This Irish legend/folktale recounts the tale of one of Ireland’s finest big folk, Fin M’Coul as he faces the giant Cucullin. Fin’s clever wife, Oonagh, helps him face his fears as she outwits the dimwitted Cucullin and saves her husband. Tomie de Paola’s illustrations reinforce the cleverness of Oonagh’s strategy and add the humor of Cucullin’s reactions. This book is useful for its complete retelling of this famous story and for the discussion of mythology for younger audiences. Check pages 114-115 in your planner for Bibliography guidelines………..