Greek Mythology: The Odyssey, Day 2

Goals for the Week:

  1. Understand the mythology of the Olympian gods/goddesses.
  2. Understand the plot and characters of Homer’s The Odyssey.
  3. Create a myth for an original Greek god/goddess.

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Review a Google Slides presentation over The Odyssey.
  2. Watch a couple of videos explaining The Odyssey.
  3. We’re going to look at an overview of Homer’s The Odyssey.

Today’s Lesson!


  • ELAGSE9-10RL6: Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
  • ELAGSE9-10RL9: Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).
  • ELAGSE9-10RL3: Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

Learning Target: 

I can explore an overview of The Odyssey by viewing videos and reading summaries of the text, so that I can look understand the character of Odysseus and the obstacles that he faces.


  1. Here is some background information to The OdysseyHomer’s The Odyssey
  2. Check out this TED-Ed video highlighting things you need to know about The Odyssey.

Work Session: 

  • The Odyssey is a lengthy epic poem. We won’t be reading the whole thing during virtual learning, so here is a video summary about The Odyssey.

Closing Session: 

Depending on which version or translation of The Odyssey that you read, you might see the protagonist Odysseus named as Ulysses. Don’t worry – it’s the same person. Odysseus is his Greek name; Ulysses is his Latin name. Here is a 90-minute animated version of the movie. It was written for children, but you still might enjoy it.


Looking Ahead: Tomorrow’s Checklist

If you want to get ahead on things, here is what we’re going to be doing tomorrow!

  1. We’re going to read and analyze Book 9 from The Odyssey.


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