The Odyssey lesson plan is a four-week, day-to-day plan. The Odyssey has the reputation of being a difficult text to teach, in part because of its size. But in reality the book is both manageable and completely enjoyable. For this lesson plan, students read the majority of the text in small groups, with each group assigned roughly four books (Fagels calls each chapter a "book"). Each group will read, analyze, and finally present their assigned books to the rest of the class. After five days of reading and analyzing, students then spend several more days preparing for their presentations. The presentation consists of acting out the most important events throughout the four books, so that by the time all the presentations are completed the entire class will have an understanding of what took place in the story up to Book 20. Alternatives for presentations are also a part of the lesson plan. The class as a whole will then read the remaining four books.
The Preview for the lesson plan shows the type of questions students will be working with while in their groups.
Note: bolded headings in each day's lesson plan are transitional points within the class hour. All homework/handouts are copy-ready (see Blood Meridian preview and description for an example).