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About the Author

Zachary Hamby is a high school Communications Arts teacher from the Ozarks, where he teaches English, World Literature, and Mythology. He also serves as a consultant for the National Writing Project. He is a frequent educational conference presenter on the benefits of using Reader's Theater in the secondary classroom.  He also maintains the teacher website mythologyteacher.com. He resides with his wife and two children in the Ozarks.
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Product Details

  • Series: Mythology for Teens
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593633637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593633639
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Zachary Hamby was born and raised in the Ozark Mountains. He is a teacher of English at Dora High School, where he teaches a Mythology-Folklore class. Zachary has authored two mythology series. The first is the REACHING OLYMPUS series, which uses Reader's Theater to teach world mythology to middle school and high school students. The second series, MYTHOLOGY FOR TEENS, relates ancient myths to the modern world. Zachary also maintains a website specifically for teaching mythology at WWW.MYTHOLOGYTEACHER.COM.

A breakthrough occurred in his teaching career when he started turning mythological stories into Reader's Theater plays for his classes to read aloud. Since this time, these mythological stories have come alive for his students.

Zachary is a common presenter at conferences such as the Missouri Write-to-Learn conference and the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention.
He resides with his wife and children in Dora, Missouri.

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I was very pleased to see Zachary Hamby's book Mythology for Teens: Classical Myths in Today's World for adolescent readers.
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This book is a must for anyone teaching mythology to junior high or high school students, but I found it to be an interesting read for enjoyment, as well.
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Also, the author, Zachary Hamby, gives his readers his email address and is quick to respond with advice and the material he uses in his classroom.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Johnson on February 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Oh, to have had this text years ago when I was teaching mythology! It would have been much easier on me and the students than using the "dry" text from which I tried to teach. This book is a must for anyone teaching mythology to junior high or high school students, but I found it to be an interesting read for enjoyment, as well.
One challenge for teachers is getting students engaged in the subject, and this book does just that. Zachary Hamby has taken a few of the stories of the Greek and Roman gods and heroes and turned them into reader's theater scripts written in language to which teens can relate. The length of these plays will work well for a class period with time left for discussion. Activities of various kinds are included as students are asked to discuss, write, research, draw--in short, to think and be creative as they relate the myths to heroes in history and today's world. One activity is a pattern for students to design a "Mythological Barbie" based on a creature or hero from mythology. The activities appeal to students with differing learning styles and abilities.
The illustrations throughout the book are fascinating. Each of the major gods and goddesses and some creatures are illustrated in outstanding detail capturing the characters' physical features and personalities in a cartoon-like fashion--one that will appeal to teen readers. But, far, far from being a teen myself, I could not keep from being drawn to each illustration and took time to find the heroes and creatures in a "Where's Waldo"-type of drawing near the book's end.
Additionally, a colleague and I discussed how this book could be used as a model to show teacher education students how to make their subject come alive.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By a frequent visitor on March 30, 2009
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I have done quite a bit of research on Readers' Theatre so I know how effective it is in motivating students to read and interact with texts. I was very pleased to see Zachary Hamby's book Mythology for Teens: Classical Myths in Today's World for adolescent readers. He has done an amazing job of making mythology and reading appealing for this age group, which is not an easy task. I think any high school teacher can relate to his comments on the acknowledgments page about the frustrations of making difficult curriculum interesting to teenagers. Yet, he has accomplished the task with flair. I believe high school students will find the book highly interesting and motivating. The illustrations are excellent and add a great deal to the book. This is a must have book for high school teachers. The discussion points and teaching ideas that go with each piece are invaluable as well. Kudos for writing and illustrating a book for Readers' Theatre for adolescent readers!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan Bewley on November 11, 2010
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I used this book to teach Mythology this past summer in a high school special education room. When I purchased this book to use a text, I did not have very high expectations since I needed a book fast. What I ended up with was one of the best texts I have used in quite some time. All the kids loved the activities, stories, and the author truly brought the topic to life with current events. This is a must for any Social Studies teacher .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Hanley on October 5, 2011
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Mythology for Teens: Classic Myths in Today's World certainly lives up to its name. Written in a lively and fascinating style that captures all the drama and pathos of the ancient Greek and Roman myths, this book brings time-tested stories straight into modern times. The legends of Perseus, Atalanta, and Oedipus Rex are followed by the Judgment of Paris, the Iliad, and finally Virgil's Aeneid. Each chapter begins with one of these stories staged as a play and converted into contemporary dialog. Then Hamby presents the actual historical context surrounding the creation of these myths. He explores the cultural concepts symbolized by various monsters, creatures, gods and goddesses, flawed humans, heroes and heroines. His view of history provides a fascinating look at the role of mythology in shaping civilizations, gender roles, and identity. Not only that, but the pages contain fun and funny exercises such as coming up with song titles to provide soundtracks for the situations found in myths. Teens will relate!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By middle school English teacher on July 20, 2010
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I used the scripts for my 6th grade language arts classes at the end of the year and they loved acting them out! Choosing parts gave them ownership and they read with more feeling and drama than usual.

Positives: teen-friendly, but not dumbed down, appropriate language
many parts for each script
makes myths fun and come alive
each myth is framed by a larger theme/big idea
a few pages of teen-friendly sophisticated accompanying commentary for each myth
discussion tips for each myth
very cool and modern graphic-novel-style illustrations of gods/place names/etc. with a paragraph of helpful explanation

Negatives: no pre-reading activity to provide context

Highly recommended for: Middle or high school English or history teachers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Dixon on December 26, 2012
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This book is wonderful. The table of contents available in the preview lists all of the reader's theater in the book, but on top of that, there are articles written by the author that will help engage students' brains about the bigger relevance going on in the book. I feel like a whole new door has been opened with this book.
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