Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Heroes: Sandwiches or People--Introduction to the Odyssey - Section 5: Visualizing the Cyclops Incident


When teaching literature, you will be faced with the dilemma of whether or not to show video clips before, during, or after the reading. I chose to show this clip after my students had read this part of the text because I thought that reading it would whet their appetites for seeing it play out on the screen. Some teachers choose to show videos instead of reading portions of the text or before students have read. These are options as well, but you have to evaluate the consequences. After seeing the clip, my students wanted more--of course, but I think they were also interested in what new challenges Odysseus might face in upcoming parts of the text.

My students recognized that the movie version was different because in the movie, Polyphemus ate more than just one of Odysseus' men. Also, the movie showed a different solution to the problem of exiting Polyphemus' cave.

  To show or not to show--that is the question
  Adjustments to Practice: To show or not to show--that is the question
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Heroes: Sandwiches or People--Introduction to the Odyssey

Unit 16: Crossing Boundaries: The Odyssey
Lesson 1 of 8

Objective: SWBAT analyze how complex characters interact with other characters and advance the plot by examining characteristics of a hero and reading Books 1 and 9 of the Odyssey

Big Idea: A hero is more than a sandwich in today's lesson as students examine the characteristics of heroes.

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