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The Norse Mythology

I would like you to explore the following five themes and prepare a 30 minute lesson on the beliefs of NORSE culture(power point).

Everyculture since the beginring of civilization has sought to understand the world through stories, stories which gave birth to Faith. The growth of theosophy, or the knowledge of belief, led to a fascinating idea: humans of every era and every region share a legacy of understanding and unity. Alone, or with a partner, I would like you to explore the following five themes as they express themselves in your chosen geopolitical/religious area.(norse culture)
1. Creation of Both the World & of Humanity
2. Concept of Good and Evil 'What societal values are taught and enforced?
3. Identities - Principal Gods, Creatures, Heroes, Saints, Prophets, etc. (5-7)
4. Flora and Fauna - Plants and Animals of Import
5. The Afterlife .- What happens at the point of Death and afterwards?

Your task is to prepare a 30 minute lesson on the beliefs of NORSE culture. Your presentation should be engaging, use multimedia, and clearly display your efforts and research. You may certainly devise an activity for the class, and creativity is a necessary component to success. How will you teach us about NORSE culture? Your method is of equal importance to your message, and you shall be evaluated on both the "what" and the "how" of your presentation. Resist the tendency to tell us everything about your region. Focus on the five themes, a few key ideas in NORSE culture, and your actual lesson. Is there a beginning activity to hook your audience? Do you introduce new concepts and ideas in an organised fashion? Finally, is there an activity which supports and reinforces the learning?

You must complete and distribute a one page typed and edited summary of your information to be used as a study sheet .

Your presentation may use Powerpoint.

Your mark shall be determined based on the following criteria.
1.Is the information relevant and the topic well-researched?
2.Do you penetrate the surface of your topic and force your audience to think?
3.Are handouts or notes grammatically correct and one page typed?
4.Have you analysed how the five themes occur in your chosen culture?
Did you include a proper MLA works cited of at least 3 sources (not including Wikipedia)?
Does your presentation have a clear beginning, middle and ending?
Are you well paced in both speech and activity? Are your gestures appropriate and not distracting?
Do you maintain eye contact with your audience, and is your voice clear, loud, and meaningful?
Is it evident that you have rehearsed your presentation at least once?
Do you use multimedia? Do you engage your audience?
Was you presentation enjoyable? Was your presentation educational?
Do you use the 30 minutes well?
Are you able to respond well (intelligently and coherently) to questions?
If each question can be answered "Yes," you are guaranteed to receive an "A."
My Culture is NORSE.

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Dear Student,
As you know, I am limited by my role in Brainmass to prepare only a guide for you - I cannot do this assignment for you. However, the solution below and the attached folder contain pretty much what you will need to complete this assignment as a PowerPoint presentation. I have divided the sections below into 7 parts - each part should correspond to the themes presented above and more. Now, each PowerPoint slide should contain the text and a corresponding image from the file folder. These are just suggestions however - you are free to expand and present it with your take, narrative and additional discussion to add more colour and depth to your presentation. Note that the premise here is this - the Norse were not one homogenous massive tribes, instead they were manifold and were located all over Northern Germany and present day Scandinavia. Despite this and the differences they had with each other, they were able to forge a shared identity, a culture historians now refer to as Nordic Traditions. When you present, each section should be discussed accordingly - it is not just a case of reading the text on the slide. Understand the text given and provide a small 'talk' regarding the topic. This is where the references listed come in handy - please make sure to visit/read them so that you can be open to questions and answers from your teacher and your classmates. Finally, you can print out the main points of your presentation as a 'guide' for discussion. They should not be lengthy, just the title of each topic will do as a point of reference in your discussion. A sample guide sheet is attached. Good luck with your presentation.

OTA 105878/Xenia Jones
Slide One

Title - The Norse
The Norsemen were not one homogenous group - they were a spectrum of varied tribes and clans, speaking different languages hailing from the North of Europe. They were seen as a 'Germanic People' by the Roman Empire and hailed as savages and vandals with great mastery of sailing and shipbuilding. The Vikings, a tribe of Norsemen were masters of oared seafaring vessels capable of covering great leagues and raiding coastal towns and cities with brutal ferocity. They were feared and hated all over the European coast from Ireland to Britain to Gaul. Despite their differences, the Norsemen were able to come together via trade and treaties. Most of the Norse-Vikings were Norwegian and Danish and at times they banded together against their enemies. It is easy enough to develop social relations between the Scandinavian Norsemen as their languages came from one single family. Their family, communal and social structures were vastly similar and so were their ideas of the divine. As their languages shared similarities, the names of their deities only varied mildly and soon the Norse Pantheon that came to be known as the 'formal' delineation of their gods and deities became accepted truth all over Norse territories with stories and qualities of certain deities varying depending on the origin of the story. Even then, their belief in Odin and the impending doom of Ragnarok is shared throughout all the Norse tribes with some versions lessening or worsening the outcome of the End of the World. The Norse, as seafarers migrated and where they did, they also assimilated into the local populace. However, they always saw themselves as a people apart and kept to the more important aspects of their culture linguistically and theologically. They saw the order of life according to their mythology and lived accordingly. Those who migrated to Brittania and Gaul despite their adaption of Christianity still practiced certain Nordic traditions as elements of their theology found Christian interpretation. Those who migrated to Iceland however, since Iceland was uniquely barren managed to keep all the old traditions intact and preserved from language to social organization. It is amazing to note that such a people separated by language, land and water managed to forge and share in a culture where the heart is a shared belief in a Pantheon of Gods.

Suggested Image - Use a picture of the Map of Scandinavia and a picture/image of a Norseman

Slide 2

Title - The Creation Myth of the Norse
Myths, legends, folklore, tales - they are products of oral & written social traditions that trace back the history and experience of a people as they make sense of the world and their realities through the ages. In every tall story filled with magic and extra ordinary characters, there is always a grain of truth, an explanation and a glimpse of the world that was back then at the time of the conception of the myth and the legend. Myths are stories passed down through oral, written or ...

Solution Summary

The solution is a comprehensive guide and discussion on Norse mythology intended to help in creating an extensive PowerPoint presentation on the following themes:

1. Creation of Both the World & of Humanity
2. Concept of Good and Evil 'What societal values are taught and enforced?
3. Identities - Principal Gods, Creatures, Heroes, mythological landscape, etc.
4. Flora and Fauna - Plants and Animals of Import
5. The Afterlife - What happens at the point of Death and afterwards?

The solution breaks down the Norse mythology by first discussing the Norse as a people and the origin of their myths and then goes on to propose division of the PowerPoint presentation per slide, proposed text and discussion content as well as images that can be used to give depth to the discussion. A folder is attached with a cache of ready to use images for this purpose. Altogether the suggested presentation is 7-slides long but can be further broken down as content of slides are rather long, especially a broken down list of deities. The solution follows the APA format with a Word Count of 2,948 words. The resulting presentation will also follow APA format complete with a bibliography listing web and printed resources. A guide sheet is also included which can be printed and distributed in class during the presentation.