Myths of the Constellations

Description

This course offers a blending of literature/mythology and science/astronomy.  Learn the constellations of the night sky by learning the Greek, Roman, Chinese, Indian, and Native American myths that explain them.  Students will be introduced to the constellations via literature and then take to their own backyards, where they will use the scientific method to map the constellations, understand their positions in the night sky, and learn how the ancients used astronomy in their daily lives.  This is a unique course that promotes reading and scientific literacy.

Instructor

Margaret C. Brewer-LaPorta, Ph.D.

Class Details

Live Class: No

Frequency: Daily (M-F)

Duration: 6 weeks

Student Expectations:
Students will be expected to log onto Blackboard daily (Monday through Friday) to download class materials (PowerPoints, reading materials, assignments), upload assignments, and take online assessments.

Student Support:
Teacher is available via email or by appointment for online hang-outs or meetings. Students are expected to reach out to the instructor for consultation when needed.

Feedback/Assessment:
Feedback will be provided on all class and homework assignments. Online multiple-choice quizzes and tests will be graded automatically by the computer, unless constructed response questions are utilized on exams, in which case feedback will be provided.

Materials/Supplies:
Blackboard will be the primary software used for demonstration/instruction. Office 365 (PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel) and Adobe Reader will be the primary programs used for demonstration and instruction. Students need some kind of office software. Any can be used to complete assignments; however, students are responsible for resolving and working out any accommodations necessary due to differences in the software or versions. For hang-outs or online meetings, students will need access to a working microphone; a webcam is preferred but is optional.

Prerequisites:
Students should be comfortable navigating basic computer functions.

For Ages:
10+

Agenda:

Week 1
Monday: Topic 1: The Night Sky: Reading/PowerPoint and worksheets
Tuesday: Constellation 1: The Big Dipper: Readings on mythology of constellation and outside viewing
Wednesday: Topic 2: The Speed of Light: Reading/PowerPoint and worksheets
Thursday: Constellation 2: Ursa Minor: Readings on mythology of constellation and outside viewing
Friday: Weekly online quiz and homework submittals

Week 2
Monday: Topic 3: The Spinning Top: Reading/PowerPoint and worksheets
Tuesday: Constellation 3: Ursa Major: Readings on mythology of constellation and outside viewing
Wednesday: Topic 4: The Constellations: Reading/PowerPoint and worksheets
Thursday: Constellation 4: Andromeda: Readings on mythology of constellation and outside viewing
Friday: Weekly online quiz and homework submittals

Week 3
Monday: Topic 5: Reading Star Maps: Reading/PowerPoint and worksheets
Tuesday: Constellation 5: Cassiopeia: Readings on mythology of constellation and outside viewing
Wednesday: Topic 6: Do’s and Don’ts: Reading/PowerPoint and worksheets
Thursday: Constellation 6: Cepheus: Readings on mythology of constellation and outside viewing
Friday: Weekly online quiz and homework submittals

Week 4
Monday: Constellation 7: Draco: Readings on mythology of constellation and outside viewing
Tuesday: Constellation 8: Cygnus: Readings on mythology of constellation and outside viewing
Wednesday: Constellation 9: Corona Borealis: Readings on mythology of constellation and outside viewing
Thursday: Constellation 10: Pegasus: Readings on mythology of constellation and outside viewing
Friday: Weekly online quiz and homework submittals

Week 5
Monday: Constellation 11: Orion: Readings on mythology of constellation and outside viewing
Tuesday: Constellation 12: Canis Major: Readings on mythology of constellation and outside viewing
Wednesday: Constellation 13: Bootes: Readings on mythology of constellation and outside viewing
Thursday: Constellation 14: Leo: Readings on mythology of constellation and outside viewing
Friday: Weekly online quiz and homework submittals

Week 6
Study week: Final exam