Use this lesson near the conclusion of your study of The Odyssey to help students not only dig back into the text, but also understand the real-life struggles that soldiers face as they return to civilian life. This 45-minute activity will introduce your students to the criteria that psychiatrists use in diagnosing patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and then guide them to apply that information to a close analysis of Odysseus, king of Ithaca/Ithaka.
This activity will work with any translation (abridged or full-text) of the epic poem that you use in your classroom.
A detailed, step-by-step lesson procedure sheet (1-page PDF)
Short video clip that provides an overview of PTSD symptoms (link included)
Realistic-looking mental health form to be completed by your class of newly trained psychiatrists (1-page PDF)
Completed key with suggested answers (1-page PDF)
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