Showing posts with label The Odyssey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Odyssey. Show all posts

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Crash Course on The Odyssey

John Green is back with a new Crash Course on literature. The first installment in the new course is A Long and Difficult Journey, or The Odyssey. In typical Crash Course style John Green packs all of the basics about The Odyssey into one fast-paced video.

Applications for Education
A Long and Difficult Journey, or The Odyssey is obviously designed as an introduction to the story. I would consider having students watch it after reading and then ask them to identify things that they think John Green should have spent more time on. Then challenge your students to produce their own videos to emphasize the key points that they've identified.

As is common in Crash Course videos, Green makes a few comments that some might consider PG-13. Watch the video and decide for yourself before sharing it with your students.

Monday, December 16, 2013

An Interactive Map of The Odyssey

Google Lit Trips hosts an excellent example of using Google Earth to map story of Odysseus in The Odyssey. Today, through Open Culture, I learned about another interactive map of The Odyssey. Odysseus' Journey is a fourteen point map created with ArcGIS Explorer. You can click through the points on the map or click through the timeline view at the bottom of the map to learn more about each stop in the journey.

Applications for Education
Odysseus' Journey is a good model of using maps to illustrate a story. Your students could create similar maps about stories they read. ArcGIS Explorer, Google Maps, and Google Earth are all good options for creating mapped stories.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

SparkNotes on YouTube

From the pages of "I wish this had been available when I was in high school" I just discovered that SparkNotes has videos on YouTube. The SparkNotes YouTube channel offers 23 short animated video overviews of literature commonly read in high school courses. Below I've embedded the first of three videos about The Odyssey.

Applications for Education
The SparkNotes videos certainly are not a substitute for reading. The videos could be useful in helping students understand key points in the plots of the novels that they are reading.