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Mythology is always intriguing for students, but for teachers, it can simply be overwhelming. Students need to have such a broad basis of background knowledge to understand poems like The Odyssey. This file contains an exhaustive PowerPoint (and student-friendly guided notes), complete with all the important background information I feel my students need to grasp in order to understand the famous epic poem, The Odyssey. It contains information about ancient Greeks, the pantheon, Homer, the hero myth pattern, and some famous allusions and stories to mythology. It also features links to interesting videos that are sure to draw students in and generate class discussions.
The PowerPoint is chunked into different categories of information, so you can use bits and pieces of it to your discretion whenever it's convenient. If you choose to teach the entire PowerPoint straight through to guide class discussion and gauge existing background knowledge, it could take up to three or four days to complete.
When I used this lesson last year with my freshmen, they were excited, engaged, and interested every day when they came in as well as throughout class.