This packet begins with a Readers Theater that provides background for a unit on Homer's The Odyssey. Your students will love performing this entertaining play before beginning a close literary analysis of the text. There are close reading questions for the major episodes that are covered in most literature textbooks being used today, as well as quizzes, a vocabulary list, a vocabulary review puzzle, a vocabulary quiz, essay prompts, and a number of fun and engaging activities that can be used throughout the unit to supplement a detailed reading and analysis of the language of the epic. The materials are divided into Part I (before he gets home to Ithaca) and Part II (when he arrives home). There are numerous supplemental texts included to round out any gaps that may be missing in an excerpted textbook version of the epic.