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 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.
This product, recently updated, also contains an introductory, student-led group research project regarding famous characters and stories from Greek mythology. The research materials include an introductory PDF PPT, a detailed assignment sheet, and a teacher and student-friendly rubric (editable).
Start to finish, the combination of materials included in this bundle generally takes me anywhere from 2-3 weeks, depending on how much time I allow for students to work on their research projects in class as well as how many groups present.
When I use this lesson with my freshmen, they are excited, engaged, and interested every day. I hope this bundle gets your students ready to learn about mythology by providing them with a broad basis of understanding regarding characters, stories, allusions, and so much more!
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