Additional warning: This is not a lesson plan or worksheet that is ready to be handed out as-is to students, but a resource for teachers who are thinking about approaches to teaching the Odyssey and who want some food for thought.
This resource details an approach to teaching Homer's Odyssey that encourage a focus on the issue of whether Penelope is a hero or not. Thrown in the mix are perspectives from within the Odyssey itself, from common interpretations during the Middle Ages, and from modern scholars. It encourages them to come to their own conclusion based on evidence from the text and their own beliefs about the definition of heroism. It also encourages students to think about how interpretations of heroism, gender, and the Odyssey change over time.
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