Have your students ever asked you about the meanings of mythical allusions such as these?
- Resisting chocolate is my Achilles heel.
- Cupid strikes again.
- Money brings us happiness but sometimes it is a Pandora’s Box.
- All his shops are extremely profitable. He has the Midas touch.
- Is his plan a Trojan horse that will end the good life?
The Common Core State Standards states fourth graders need to be able to “Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).”