Guided Reading Level R, Grade Level Equivalent 4. The classic tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice is captured in one of our series of mini-books on Greek mythology.
In this story, Orpheus travels to the Underworld to find his wife. Longer versions of this myth provide wonderful descriptions of the Underworld and its inhabitants. Share some of these descriptions with students and then invite them to draw, color, and label a map of the Underworld. Have them show Orpheus’s path along with the characters he meets on the way: Charon, Cerberus, Tantalus, Sisyphus, Persephone, Hades, and Eurydice. They may need to use several sources, such as the description provided in Heroes, Gods, and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evslin.