In Homer's "The Odyssey", military hero Odysseus tends to get all of the attention. However, there is another strong, clever, patient and loyal hero worth discussing: the heroic wife of Odysseus, Penelope. For this activity, students will read and annotate three different articles then complete two writing assignments comparing past and present military wives.
B.R.E.W (Bodacious, Reading Every Week) is a routine that can help students make connections between classic literature and the modern world. Students are given a reading handout every Monday that contains nonfiction articles, memoirs, song lyrics, poetry, fiction stories or links to relevant websites. Students read, annotate and complete a written commentary on the assigned readings. On Friday, students discuss and debate the issues presented in the readings.
This packet contains:
1 print and use BREW handout containing three readings
+ a "This I Believe" essay by a current military wife
+ an emotional "Letter to the Editor" by a modern military wife
+ a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay
1 "Connecting the Texts" Handout that compares and contrast the military wives in the readings with Penelope from "The Odyssey"
1 "Issues to Debate" Handout that offers three "discussion-starter" questions, perfect for small group and whole class debates!