Greek Mythology: The Odyssey, Day 1

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 PowerPoint over Greek Mythology gods and goddesses.
  2. Fill in the chart in this Google Document with what you learned
  3. Understand and start thinking about this week’s assignment: Original Greek Myth.

Today’s Lesson!

Standard:

  • 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.
  • ELAGSE9-10RL1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Learning Target: 

I can review information from a PowerPoint about Greek mythology so that I can complete a chart highlighting what I have learned. I can analyze this information, so that it will help me to understand context in Homer’s The Odyssey.

Activator: 

Odysseus will encounter numerous gods, goddesses, creatures, and monsters throughout his journey in The Odyssey. Check out this video about the top ten monsters from Greek mythology.

Work Session: 

  • Review this PowerPoint over the Greek gods and goddesses. Greek Gods and Goddesses
  • Fill out this chart indicating what you have learned. Greek Mythology Chart
  • Take a look at the Create your Own Greek god/goddess and myth assignment, due Friday, May 15th by 11:59 pm. Submit to your teacher via email or however he/she wants you to turn your assignments in.

Closing Session: 

Greek culture is still relevant today, even in pop culture. Check out these two video clips. The first is from the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Observe how Toula feels about being Greek, as opposed to her father.

The second is from a trailer about the video game, God of War.

  • Make sure you know what’s expected of you this week for your assignment.
  • Fill out the chart about Greek mythology. Greek Mythology Chart
  • Determine what you want to do for your original Greek myth. Message your teacher if you have any questions.

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 look at an overview of Homer’s The Odyssey.
  2. Understand the character of Odysseus and the obstacles that he must overcome.

 

 

Greek Mythology: The Iliad, Day 4

Goals for the Week:

  1. Understand the mythology of the Trojan War.
  2. Understand the plot and characters of Homer’s Iliad.
  3. Complete the Iliad Character Research Prompt.

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Participate in a Zoom meeting with your teachers and classmates.
  2. Discuss your reactions to and understanding of The Iliad
  3. Complete this week’s character research assignment and prepare for The Odyssey next week!

Your assignment for this week!

This week you will:

Today’s Lesson!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10SL1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions(one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Learning Target: 

I can participate in a Zoom chat with my classmates and teachers about The Iliad so that I can discuss my reactions to and thoughts about the story.

Activator: 

Refresh your brain on the story of The Iliad with this summary from CourseHero:

Work Session: 

Today we’re going to be hosting a Zoom meeting at 11am! Please join us – look for the link from your teacher over Remind at 10:45ish.

If you cannot join us on Zoom today, please try and connect with a classmate on your own to discuss The Iliad. Here are some ideas:

  • Host your own Zoom meeting at a more convenient time for you.
  • Facetime, Skype, or call a friend on the phone to discuss.
  • Talk about the story with your siblings or other family members over dinner
  • Make a shared Google doc and type your ideas there.

Closing Session:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts in our meeting today! Spend the rest of your work time today working on your character research assignment. I hope you enjoyed our week on The Iliad!

Looking Ahead: Next Week

  • Next week we continue Greek Mythology by studying Homer’s other epic, The Odyssey! Get ready for adventure!

Greek Mythology: The Iliad, Day 3

Goals for the Week:

  1. Understand the mythology of the Trojan War.
  2. Understand the plot and characters of Homer’s Iliad.
  3. Complete the Iliad Character Research Prompt.

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Understand Hector’s death in The Iliad
  2. Consider various interpretations of Hector’s death scene in various media.
  3. Prepare for tomorrow’s Zoom meeting!

Your assignment for this week!

This week you will:

Today’s Lesson!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RL7 Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums (e.g., Auden’s poem “Musée de Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus), including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment.

Learning Target: 

I can consider various interpretations Hector’s death scene from The Iliad so that I can analyze the importance of his death and why some versions change specific details.

Activator: 

Take a look at this painting! Use the OPTIC chart below the painting to analyze what’s going on here. You can click on the picture to open it up full size.

Achilles Slays Hector by Peter Paul Rubens

Fill in this chart (recreate it on your own paper) with your observations:

Overview: What do you see in this picture? What is your overall impression?
Parts: What different parts of the picture do you see? Consider characters, foreground, background, frame, etc.
Title: What is the title of this painting? How does the title relate to what is going on in the painting?
Interrelationships: How do the parts and title relate to the overall picture? Why are some things in the background? Why is there an owl flying around?
Conclusions: What conclusions can you draw from this painting?

Work Session: 

First, let’s read the full text of Hector’s death scene from The Iliad. This is about 14 pages long (but some of the pages have big pictures, don’t panic!) so I’ll draw your attention to an important quote:

Don’t talk to me of pacts.
There are no binding oaths between men and lions –
Wolves and lambs can enjoy no meeting of the minds –
They are all bent on hating each other to the death.
So with you and me. No love between us. No truce
Till one or the other falls and gluts with blood
Ares who hacks at men behind his rawhide shield.

Achilles says this to Hector as they prepare to enter into one-on-one combat. Hector has asked Achilles if the winner of the fight will promise to return the loser’s body to their family, and Achilles says absolutely not. This is kind of a low thing for Achilles to say – it’s VERY taboo and inappropriate for a winner of a fight to destroy or desecrate the loser’s corpse.

Of course, Achilles does win the fight, and after it’s over, he ties Hector’s body to his chariot and drags it around on the ground, which is a real jerk move. But Achilles is still SO ANGRY over his bestie Patroclus’s death, he clearly isn’t thinking straight.

After reading the original, let’s check out the same scene from the 2004 movie, Troy:

What is different in these two versions? Why do you think the filmmakers chose to change Hector’s death scene so radically?

Closing Session:

Take a minute to consider your feelings about Hector’s death and how Achilles killed him. You could argue this is the climax of the story, so it’s a very important part.

Respond: Describe your reaction to Achilles’s treatment of Hector after Hector’s death.

Don’t forget! We have a Zoom meeting to discuss The Iliad tomorrow at 11am! Look for the link from your teacher at 10:45ish!

Looking Ahead: Tomorrow’s Checklist

  1. Participate in a Zoom meeting with your teachers and classmates.
  2. Discuss your reactions to and understanding of The Iliad
  3. Complete this week’s character research assignment and prepare for The Odyssey next week!

Greek Mythology: The Iliad Day 2

Goals for the Week:

  1. Understand the mythology of the Trojan War.
  2. Understand the plot and characters of Homer’s Iliad.
  3. Complete the Iliad Character Research Prompt.

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Understand the plot of Homer’s Iliad
  2. Consider what’s history and what’s mythology
  3. Begin to grapple with the language of Homer

Your assignment for this week!

This week you will:

Today’s Lesson!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RL2 Determine a theme or central idea of text and closely analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Learning Target: 

I can understand a broad overview of The Iliad by reading summaries of the text so that I can look more in-depth at the most important parts of the text.

Activator: 

Let’s start today by talking about history!

So, whenever I teach The Iliad, the first question my students as is “Did this really happen?” and the answer is….well…maybe kinda?

It depends on what you’re asking.

  • Did a guy named Achilles really exist? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Did the city of Troy really exist? yes!
  • Was there a Trojan War like Homer described it? There was probably a war, but we don’t know if it was like Homer described.
  • Was there a Trojan Horse? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

We have a lot more questions than answers. But one thing we do know is where Troy is supposed to have been:

For more info on what’s history and what’s mythology, read this article, “The Fall of Troy: The Legend and The Facts”. And you can check out this short TedEd video on the archaeological pursuits to find Troy!

Work Session: 

The goal today is for you to get a basic understanding of the plot of The Iliad. To do that, I’m going to give you a few resources to look into. Choose one to read. The others? Give them a cursory glance. Skim them. At least look at the pictures.

Closing Session:

Let’s sum up what happens in The Iliad with a video, shall we? Check out this rendition from CLEAN Classics Summarized on YouTube!

PS – we will have a ZOOM MEETING on Thursday at 11am! This is optional, but we are looking forward to seeing your smiling face on the camera, so please try to come!

Looking Ahead: Tomorrow’s Checklist

  1. Understand Hector’s death in The Iliad
  2. Consider various interpretations of Hector’s death scene in various media.
  3. Prepare for Thursday’s Zoom meeting!

Greek Mythology: The Iliad, Day 1

Goals for the Week:

  1. Understand the mythology of the Trojan War.
  2. Understand the plot and characters of Homer’s Iliad.
  3. Complete the Iliad Character Research Prompt.

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Complete a Nearpod lesson on the Trojan War
  2. Choose and listen to one episode of Trojan War: The Podcast (episode 1-10).
  3. Understand and start thinking about this week’s assignment.

Your assignment for this week!

This week you will:

Today’s Lesson!

Standard:

  • 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).

Learning Target: 

I can analyze the mythology of the Trojan War by listening to a podcast and doing my own research so that I can understand what happens in Homer’s Iliad.

Activator: 

This Nearpod lesson is a very simple summary of the Trojan War. It might be a review from a World History class, but it’s some really good basic background info!

Work Session: 

Today we’re learning the backstory behind The Iliad, the story of the Trojan War that leads up to the famous poem.

Fast Facts:

  • The Trojan War lasted over ten years.
  • The Iliad picks up in year 9.
  • The hero of The Iliad is a dude named Achilles (pronounced “ah-kill-ees”)
  • To understand The Iliad, you need to know some of the events that lead up to the Trojan War.

Under normal circumstances, we would spend two whole days just talking about the stories behind the Trojan War, and then discussing all these things in depth and how they preceded the conflict in The Iliad. But these aren’t normal circumstances, so instead, you’re getting the short version!

Task: Listen to an episode of Trojan War: The Podcast by Jeff Wright. Head over to TrojanWarPodcast.com and browse through the episodes. You can read a short description of each episode, as well as a description of the commentary and the running time. Choose ONE episode from episodes 1-10 and listen to the whole thing. The entire podcast is 23 hours long, so you can listen to it if it interests you, but today I’m just asking for ONE episode.

Closing Session:

After listening to your podcast episode, message your teacher over Remind and tell them which episode you listened to and if you liked it!

Then, let’s preview this week’s assignment. You’re going to be choosing a character and researching their role in the war, then filling in a chart with what you learned.

Make sure you know what’s expected of you this week for your assignment, read over the character choices, and message your teacher if you have any questions.

PS – we will have a ZOOM MEETING on Thursday at 11am! This is optional, but we are looking forward to seeing your smiling face on the camera, so please try to come!

Looking Ahead: Tomorrow’s Checklist

  1. Understand the plot of Homer’s Iliad
  2. Understand the character of Achilles and his motivations
  3. Begin to grapple with the language of Homer