ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, videos, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you.
Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals.
Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Weaving the Old into the New: Pairing The Odyssey with Contemporary Works
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- O Brother, Where Art Thou? (optional)
- Running Out of Summer by Peter E. Morgan
- The Odyssey by Homer
Grades 6 – 12 | Student Interactive | Inquiry & Analysis
Students can use this tool to learn about the elements of the hero's journey, analyze a text that follows the hero's journey pattern, or start creating a hero story of their own.
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.
- Contemporary Epic Booklist
- What Is an Epic Poem?
- Genre Comparison Graphic Organizer
- H-Chart Graphic Organizer for O Brother, Where Art Thou?
- H-Chart Graphic Organizer for Running Out of Summer
- Model Situation for O Brother, Where Art Thou?
- Model Situation for Running Out of Summer
- Writing Situations Rubric
- Writing Situations for O Brother, Where Art Thou?
- Writing Situations for Running Out of Summer
- Before this lesson, have students read two different epics: The Odyssey, and Running Out of Summer or another work from the Contemporary Epic Booklist. The body of the lesson plan points to the resources to pair with Running Out of Summer. Resources for O Brother, Where Art Thou? are included in the Extension section and may be adapted for other works from the Contemporary Epic Booklist.
- Arrange for students to have access to Internet-connected computers for the sessions in which they will be using online tools.
- Make copies of the Writing Situations handout and the Writing Situations Rubric for each student.
- Prepare an overhead transparency or make individual copies of the Definition of Epic Poetry and Model Situation.
- Test the ReadWriteThink Hero's Journey interactive and Interactive Venn Diagram tools to familiarize yourself with them and ensure that you have the proper Flash plug-ins installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.
- If you choose not to use the Interactive Venn Diagram, make individual copies of the H-Chart Graphic Organizer.