Twenty years of my prayers had gone unanswered. But, finally, not this one.
No sooner had I performed the familiar ritual and shed the familiar tears than
Odysseus himself shambled into the courtyard.
So said Penelope in Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, a feminist viewpoint on The Odyssey. This lesson is designed for students to close read three short chapters from Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad . The students will close read the text examining the character’s motivations. After viewing and comparing two Odyssey film clips and a theatrical version of the Homecoming scene in The Penelopiad, students will analyze the prose, and discuss the method Atwood and Homer use to reveal the character’s intentions as far as being perpetrators and victims of cruelty. Students will apply critical literary theory lenses to their analysis. A Socratic Seminar completes the study. A link to the 2015 AP English Literature exam, rubric, student samples, and essay commentary is provided. Several links to multimedia is also part of the packet.
In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. This unit is perfect for Language Arts class and writing courses. Common Core standards, Essential and Key Questions, and links to several multimedia links included.
Key words: Homer, Margaret Atwood, The Odyssey, The Penelopiad, literary theory, Marxist Criticism, Feminist Criticism, New Historicism/Cultural Studies Criticism, Psychoanalytic Criticism, AP English Literature, AP English Language, Gifted, comparison, film study, Socratic Seminar, novel, Ancient Greek Literature, feminist literature