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  • The Odyssey eNotes Lesson Plan

    Learning Objectives: By the end of this unit, students should be able to identify the conventions of the epic in The Odyssey: invocation to the Muse, cataloges, formal boasts, intervention by the gods, epithets, and epic similes; establish the chronology of major events in Odysseus’s journey, and explain how each of...

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  • The Odyssey eNotes Teaching Guide

    So you’re going to teach Homer's Odyssey, a classic epic that has been a mainstay in English classes for generations. Whether it’s the first or hundredth time you escort students through the text, we've provided some teaching tips to help ensure that the experience is rewarding for everyone, including you....

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  • Iliad eNotes Teaching Guide

    This guide highlights some of the most salient aspects of Homer's Iliad before you begin teaching. In helping guide your students through the text, they will be exposed to epic poetry and will gain insight into themes of human agency, honor, and heroism in a world governed by capricious gods.

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  • The Odyssey Character Analysis Lesson Plan

    Penelope as an Unlikely Hero: This lesson explores the extent to which Penelope is empowered in The Odyssey. Students will analyze Penelope’s agency within the poem and identify heroic traits in her character. Students will further analyze how her character advances the plot and contributes in developing Odysseus’s character. By...

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  • The Odyssey Vocabulary Lesson Plan

    Cultural Concepts in Ancient Greece Revealed Through Vocabulary: This lesson plan focuses on analyzing passages from Book IV of The Odyssey and interpreting how they reflect the culture of ancient Greece. Students will identify and explain examples of words and phrases that illustrate the concepts of oikos, xenia, and kleos....

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