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ERIC Number: ED469642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 42
Abstractor: N/A
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Voyages Home: "The Wanderer"&"The Odyssey." Thematic Unit.
Sekula, Diane
Sophie and Cody in "The Wanderer" (Sharon Creech) share the duties of recording their journey to an ancestor's birth land. The strong bond of family and accomplishments through the voyage home personified the embodiment of an adventurer. For Sophie and Cody, close family bonds were forged and washed clean by the sea. Odysseus, the protagonist in Homer's "The Odyssey," is also on a voyage home. Throughout his heroic adventures, even though at times self seeking and conceited, Odysseus establishes his determination to get home and become reunited with his family through numerous struggles. This young adult novel and this classic epic can be taught in combination because all the characters are caught in a journey teeming with strife. The concept of "getting home" and the storytelling motif are compelling in both genres. This thematic curriculum unit is designed for middle school students in 10 lessons based on 45-minute class periods. The unit is divided into the following parts: I. Voyages Home; II. "The Wanderer" and "The Odyssey"; III. Motivations; IV. Student Activities; V. Discussion Questions; VI. Vocabulary; VII. Assessment; VIII. Follow-Up Activities; and IX. Research Activities. The curriculum contains pages from "Elements of Literature Sixth Course Literature of Britain with World Classics" (Harcourt Brace & Co., 2000)including "Before You Read" exercises for and accompanied by "Crossing the Bar" (Alfred, Lord Tennyson) and "Ulysess" (Alfred, Lord Tennyson). Also included are downloaded activities such as "'The Odyssey' Crossword Puzzle" ( and "'The Odyssey' Quiz" ( The Book of Jonah from the Authorized King James Version of "The Holy Bible" (Bible House, 1976) is also included. (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
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