Students will work in groups using modern magazines to connect to the literature of Ancient Greece by linking two similar forms of storytelling, specifically modern periodicals and Homer's The Odyssey.
"The ancient form of storytelling known as oral tradition is very similar to our modern day delivery system for news. Storytellers, like the author of The Odyssey, wandered the lands telling tales for the people who lived there based on the embellishments of what many believe may have been real life events and people. Like in today’s society, the most popular stories were about celebrities, or heroes. Much can be learned about a society and a society’s values just by reading the literature that society produces.
Ancient Greek media, like The Odyssey, became great literature. It has been said that many reporters, both on TV and in newspapers and magazines, exaggerate the facts in order to sell the story to a larger audience, very much as an ancient storyteller would to earn a living. Many years from now our society will be remembered, just as the Greeks are today, by the media we leave behind.
Modern newspapers and magazines tend to sensationalize any current event no matter how small. Using any newspaper or magazine find an article that reminds you of the exaggerations found in The Odyssey. It doesn’t have to be an epic adventure story. It just has to be a sensational story about a celebrity that has been blown out of proportion and can relate in any way to the method of storytelling used by the author of The Odyssey"
Lesson Procedure and Hand Out are included.