Lord Alfred Tennyson wrote the classic poem, “Ulysses,” based on Ulysses, or Odysseus in old age, unsatisfied, and experiencing wander lust. The speaker discusses his wife and kingdom, his relationship with his son, and his desire to go forth on new adventures.
There are many links to videos, lectures, and resources for studying Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poem. Also included is a TED Talk featuring Odysseus and the battle between the present and future self in each of us. There is a good piece in the Atlantic Monthly that compares writing to Odysseus’ journeys. There are clips from “Troy” and “The Odyssey” to teach context for the poem. Also included are 5 multiple choice questions on the poem.
The lesson features an original prompt analyzing the poem. Students will craft a persuasive thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis, and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, World Literature or 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.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, old age, theme