The Odyssey by Homer Unit Overview
Commencement, 9th Grade
In this unit, students will:
- Take notes on the background of Homer and the Trojan War.
- Read and respond to The Odyssey by Homer.
- Identify and analyze the literary elements and literary devices Homer uses in The Odyssey.
- Identify the various gods the Greeks believed in and the roles the gods played.
- Define vocabulary words, create visuals to help remember the words, and use the words in sentences.
- View the movie, "The Odyssey" and analyze the differences between the text and the movie.
- Discuss their opinions on whether or not Odysseus is a hero and why.
- Define "epic" and identify the traits of an epic.
- Define and give examples of an epic simile.
- Identify characters and main plot events in the epic.
- Discuss the stages of the hero cycle Odysseus experiences in The Odyssey.
- Identify themes from the epic and give examples from the text that relate to the themes.
Learning Context/ Introduction
In this unit, students will read and analyze excerpts from Homer's The Odyssey.
This unit consists of eight lessons that take place during 80-minute block periods.
- Why is it important for people and cultures to construct narratives about their experience?
- What is a hero?
- What is the role of a hero in a culture?
- How are belief systems represented and reproduced through literature?
- To what extent do belief systems shape and reflect culture and society?
- How do our values and beliefs shape who we are as individuals and influence our behavior?
Associated Lesson Plans
Please see the following NYLearns.org Lesson Plans:
The Odyssey Lesson 1
The Odyssey Lesson 2
The Odyssey Lesson 3
The Odyssey Lesson 4
The Odyssey Lesson 5
The Odyssey Lesson 6
The Odyssey Lesson 7
The Odyssey Lesson 8
Students will be participating in class activities, reading in class, creating a Mind Map to use as an active reading strategy, and connecting the literature to their own personal lives and experiences.