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Lesson Plan

The Odyssey Lesson 4


English Language Arts (NYS P-12 Common Core)

Grade Levels

Commencement, 9th Grade


Student performance on Part 2 worksheet
Student participation in closure activity


Students will continue reading The Odyssey. Students will update their Mind Maps and begin viewing the movie.

For an overview of the entire unit on The Odyssey, or to view the other lessons within this unit, visit: The Odyssey by Homer: Unit Overview.


One 80-minute class period


  • Students will read and answer questions on Part 2 of The Odyssey.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of vocabulary words from The Odyssey.
  • Students will identify literary elements/devices throughout The Odyssey and provide examples of them.
  • Students will compare and contrast the text to the movie.

Essential Question(s)

  • Why is it important for people and cultures to construct narratives about their experience?
  • How do our values and beliefs shape who we are as individuals and influence our behavior?

Materials & Resources

  • The Odyssey - we use the excerpts found in the textbook Glencoe Literature Course 4 by McGraw Hill
  • Markers and colored pencils
  • Copies of Part 2 worksheet (one per student)
  • "The Odyssey" movie (1997) starring Armand Assante
  • The Odyssey Part 2 Review worksheet.doc
  • Step-by-Step Procedure

    Anticipatory Set: Students will take out their vocabulary worksheets and write sentences using four of the vocabulary words. Share with a partner.

    1. Ask for student volunteers to share sentences.
    2. Review the action in Parts 1 & 2. Have students reference their Mind Maps.
    3. Review the literary devices/elements along with examples. Remind students that these should be recorded on their Mind Maps.
    4. Continue reading Part 2.
    5. Allow students time to update Mind Maps.
    6. Begin viewing the movie, "The Odyssey."
    7. Pass out Part 2 worksheet. Allow students time to complete.
    8. Once students have completed the worksheet, they should turn in the worksheet for a grade.

    Closure: As students turn in worksheets, have them record one similarity and one difference between the movie and the text on the front board. Discuss the comparisons.

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