Challenge 4: Myths

We invite you to get creative writing about a myth!


The stimulus material:

1. Stimulus Images

This file includes key words and images to help inspire ideas.

2. Extracts

This file includes extracts from literature for your pleasure. They each include an element that links to this week's theme. Reading them will provide excellent examples of how to write about the theme as well as give you a chance to enjoy some amazing literary moments.

3. Jabberwocky activity


This week we also have Jabberwocky Graphic Text activity for you to enjoy.

4. The Witches activity


Write like Roald Dahl with this The Witches activity.

5. Advanced activity

Create a feminist re-telling of a myth using One Thousand and One Nights.

You might use an existing legend, a mythical beast or a story you already enjoy to be the base for your mythical writing.

You might change an ending, give a minor character a major role or make an evil beast misunderstood.

Or you might invent your own myth from scratch!

For this challenge, you might visit an online museum virtual tour to find out about an ancient legend.


You might ask your family or guardians about local legends and local mythical creatures.

Once again, we invite your writing to be in different forms. You might write or create:

  • A story

  • A biography

  • An article

  • A graphic story / comic

  • A poem

You should:

  • Read and look through the stimulus material to help you come up with ideas.

  • Plan your work to help you think through what you want to create.

  • Use a dictionary and a thesaurus to help with vocabulary and spellings.


This time, you can come up with your own title if you want to - but included in the stimulus material there is a activity based on The Witches and an Advanced Activity too. You might also enjoy some drawing and colouring with The Jabberwocky. You can do this if you want to.

Possible titles might be:

  • Me and Medusa

  • Once

  • The Legend of The ...

  • Beyond Truth

  • When


This challenge's criteria:


1. Word count


No more than 600 words or two pages if a graphic text


2. To describe a mythical creature or place in detail


This means to use powerful vocabulary to create vivid descriptions.


You might challenge yourself to:

  • Include similes, metaphors and personification

  • Include alliteration

  • Include rhythm

  • Use pathetic fallacy

  • Use different senses to give your writing depth


3. To use imperatives, direct address and ordinary sounding facts


More information about these three techniques can be found in The Witches activity

It means using your narrator and narrative voice to sound authoritative - so you sound believable.


4. Control the accuracy and effect of your writing


This means to use paragraphs, punctuation and vocabulary as accurately as you can.


You might challenge yourself by:

  • Using single word or single sentence paragraphs / stanzas to emphasise something or to create a specific feeling

  • Use a semi-colon to connect ideas together

  • Using compound words to create a new feeling. This means putting two words of your choice together to create a new description. For example: I could use 'honey-silk' to describe the texture of a cloak or dress.

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