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Discover the Ancient World, Homeschool History and Art - Whole Year Curriculum

The Odyssey Book Club

Becky McCoy
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(17)
A 5 week classic literature adventure through ancient Greece with Odysseus as he encounters monsters and gods on his journey home from Troy.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 10
Students will finish the club with a strong understanding of the events in this classic story, as well as the tools needed to better understand the ancient world in which the story is set. 
I have a Master's degree in English literature from the University of Reading, and have 10 years of experience in private tutoring, teaching small classes (usually for homeschooled students), and running literature and drama clubs. I have taught The Odyssey many times before, and it's one of my favourite because we always have some very interesting conversations along the way!
Homework Offered
Students will have to read or listen to five "books" (chapters) per week. They should arrive to week one having already read or listened to the first five chapters. The students will also be working together on a project, in which they will create a tabletop game of Odysseus's perilous journey home.
4+ hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Students must have their own copy of the book The Odyssey. I HIGHLY recommend the Emily Wilson translation (https://www.emilyrcwilson.com/the-odyssey) which is available on Amazon, Audible, many libraries, and any bookstore should either have it or be able to order it. This is the edition I will be teaching from, and sometimes different translations do make a big difference to the reading experience. It's okay if student's have a different translation, but I do encourage the Emily Wilson version in either print or audio if possible. 

Students should read the first 5 "books" (chapters) before the first meeting.
The Odyssey is from a violent time, and the book contains multiple character deaths that include things like people being eaten by monsters, turned to stone, and killed with swords and axes. It doesn't tend to be graphic by today's standards, but it does make mention of blood, etc. It also includes disabling events such as one character being blinded by a red-hot stick.

The book also includes multiple mentions of extra-marital relations, including by the hero, Odysseus. These are NOT graphic in any way. They usually amount to something to the extent of, "so he went to her bed and laid with her." 

The story is also dealing with ancient religious practices, and includes sacrifices made to the gods (NO human sacrifices are made in this book, though one is mentioned from a previous time, but they do include offering animals and, at one point, blood to hungry spirits), as well as examples of magic (Circe transforms some men into pigs, etc.), and a brief trip into the underworld.

Finally, there are slaves in the book, and we will be discussing their roles and treatment as we encounter them. All told, the book is very kind to slaves, giving them some very important roles, however, slavery was normal and common in the ancient world and there is no point in the book where the morality of it is questioned. We will, of course, acknowledge the evils of slavery in the class, just as we will acknowledge the destructive nature of misogyny that is also present in the book.
Some YouTube clips will be used, controlled entirely by the instructor via screen share.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(17)
Hello and Welcome!
I graduated from the University of Reading (England) in 2013 with my Masters (research) in Children's Literature, and I have been teaching ever since! I have collected a wide range of teaching experience over the years. I have... 
Group Class


weekly or $90 for 6 classes
1x per week, 6 weeks
60 min

Completed by 1 learner
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-16
2-6 learners per class

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