Reimagining Creation Stories

For the first Action Project in Stories, GCE Sophomores investigated the following guiding question:

How do you visualize stories of creation?

Here’s the scenario students were challenged with:

In collaboration with NASA’s space colonization program, you have been asked to contribute a creation myth for a new anthology titled “Other Worlds” that will promote trans-galactic migration. Your job as a storyteller is to convey the setting of a planet using descriptive language and etiology so that your audience here on Earth will find it an interesting, exciting, and worthwhile place to relocate.

Using your knowledge of global creation myths, and your understanding of key story elements and literary devices, including, setting, metaphor, simile, and sensory imagery, you will create your own creation myth for another world and present this to your peers. Your story and presentation should captivate your audience–be creative, descriptive, and intriguing as you describe your world, and explain the reasons for some of its key environmental features (plants, animals and other organisms, climate, regions, natural resources, etc.).

Click on the different components in the world to read the students’ creation stories.

Project Alignment with Common Core ELA Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3a Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.7 Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus).

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