The Odyssey by Homer

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Teaching Homer’s Odyssey gives students opportunities to study rich literary and thematic content through one of the foundational texts of Western literature. Our Premium Lesson Plans and Activities for The Odyssey include a comprehensive eNotes lesson plan for studying the entire poem—complete with a multiple-choice exam, essay questions, vocabulary exercises, and a comprehensive answer key. This document has been written and vetted by our in-house educators and editors. In addition to premium content, we also have free materials available that have been contributed by teacher users.

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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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  • 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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