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*The Odyssey Viewing Guide
The Odyssey, a TV miniseries starring Armand Assante and Vanessa Williams (1997) stars an all-star cast and sets a gold standard for the English and World History classroom. Students love the film and your Common Core lessons can come to life with this engaging resource as a supporting text. It is especially appropriate for reluctant learners. The viewing guide contains 35 chronological questions to guide discussion and note taking on the film and an extended response question that frames the issue of hubris in a contemporary context.

*Practice with Poetry: Margaret Atwood’s “Siren Song” and Homer’s The Odyssey
Using Margaret Atwood’s poem, "Siren Song”, and an excerpt from The Odyssey, students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate poems, view supporting video clips, evaluate the writing prompt, and examine scored student sample essays with commentary. A link to an appropriate rubric is included to assist with scoring the essays generated from the activity. A quiz with an answer key for “Siren Song” is provided. This lesson prepares students for AP Literature exams, Common Core extended response assessments, the SAT essay and critical thinking activities. Common Core standards included.

*Practice with the Analysis: Homecoming in Homer’s The Odyssey
“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 are 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.

*The History Channel's "Clash of the Gods"--Odysseus
The History Channel’s Clash of God’s series includes a comprehensive and worthwhile account of the background of the epic, The Odyssey. The students will see exciting reenactments of the stories with fantastic animations and computer effects to enhance the viewing experience. Expert scholars add commentary. Two different one-hour videos will provide needed supportive context and some fascinating information about the journey for your students. Episode 6 focuses on Odysseus’s journey to Troy up to his experience with the Cyclopes. Episode 7 continues the story until he reaches Ithaca and resumes his kingship. The film viewing guides can serve as notes, especially for struggling students. Most questions are fill-in-the-blank. An answer key for both episodes is included. The video is available to stream from for a small fee.

Tags: Ancient Greek Literature, annotations, AP English Language, AP English Literature, Clash of the Gods, comparison, critical thinking, epic hero, Feminist Criticism, film study, gifted, Greek mythology, Homer, hubris, literary devices, literary theory, Margaret Atwood, Marxist Criticism, New Historicism/Cultural Studies Criticism, novel, Odysseus, Penelope, poetry explication, Poseidon, Pre-AP, Psychoanalytic Criticism, Sirens, Socratic Seminar, The History Channel, The Odyssey, The Penelopiad, The Trojan War, World History, World Literature, writing
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