The Odyssey Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Teaching Homer's 'The Odyssey' can be challenging. Simplify it with the help of this lesson plan, which includes a video lesson aimed at summarizing the plot and an activity focused on the themes of the poem.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify specific textual references in The Odyssey to represent key plot events
  • analyze primary themes from The Odyssey by Homer

Length

1 to 2 hours for instruction

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.2

Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.5

Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

Materials

  • Copies of The Odyssey by Homer
  • A worksheet created using quiz 1 and quiz 2 from the associated lessons

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