Do Now: Write on the overhead the names of the greek gods that appear in your story and what they are god or goddess of. Students copy from the overhead onto their notes.
Introduction of New Material: Explain each of the gods and then read aloud the myth of Athena and Arachne. I use a simplified version with higher-skill classes and an even more simplified version with lower skill classes. Both are attached. I "translated" this essay from the Bullfinch into modern English, but I still have to paraphrase a little when I read. Preview the story before you decide to use it--there's a little questionable content.
If you wish, have students fill out the four question worksheet as they read or listen.
Independent Practice: Have students fill out a Venn Diagram. Label one circle "Greek Gods" and tell them to write things that Greek gods do that humans don't (change form, throw thunderbolts). Label the other circle "Human" and tell them to write things that humans do that greek gods do but humans don't (die). In the middle, have them write things that both humans and Greek gods do (fight, argue, get jealous).
Closing: Go over the Venn Diagrams by putting a blank one on the overhead and asking for suggestions. Make sure they grasp the main point--that although they have special powers, Greek gods often act much like people. This is suprising, because in most modern religions, gods act much better than people.