This lesson encourage students to write with greater profundity when analyzing an author’s choices regarding argument, narrative and other literary choices. Homer long ago recited his masterpiece The Odyssey to Ancient Greek audiences. Students will read and view supporting clips on the epic poem and learn the necessary elements to write persuasively on a theme. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SOAPSTONE Analysis, multiple choice, Socratic discussion, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.
A TED TALK, “Why People Lie,” by Kim Serota is in this resource. Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and videos showing the theme and value of exile that is enriching and alienating. There is a narrative writing opportunity writing in the voice of The Cyclops retelling the Odysseus incident to his father. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation with a Chris Hedges review on The Odyssey. Links to Robert Fagels’ text and Ian McKellen’s reading of the text (Books 9-12) are included. All the lessons act as an explication and a building on context for the 2010 AP Literature thematic written assessment on exile. There is a link to AP-style multiple-choice questions based on an Edward Said passage on exile. There are also note-taking sheets to gather information on hospitality, exile, and lying for assistance on the assessments and there are viewing guides for both parts of The Clash of The Gods: The Odyssey, 55 questions in total.
These lessons can be used with a complete text of The Odyssey, Mary Zimmerman’s The Odyssey: A Play, and Gareth Hind’s graphic novel, The Odyssey.
These seven daily lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.
There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as the lessons act as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.