Wednesday, September 19

A few important announcements:

  1. Our quiz on Monday will be over nouns, not vocabulary.
  2. If you were here for the extra credit movie last week, you know that we had some problems with HISD’s wifi and had to watch the second half of the Odyssey movie (the 1997 version) instead of Unbroken.
    1. If you weren’t there to watch the second part of the Odyssey, you can watch that on your own this weekend, take one page of notes, and give that to me on Monday for extra credit on this week’s Odyssey Vocab 3 quiz.
    2. We are watching Unbroken this Friday! It’s an early release day, so the film will start at 1:30 PM and be finished by 3:45 PM.

In class, we talked about Odysseus’s final adventures before returning to Ithaca and looked at a poem about Circe (PIE Paragraph 3).

Homework for tonight is to read Books 13 and 14 (9 – Books 13 and 14Books 13 and 14 Reading Guide) and complete the reading guide — you had about a 15-minute head start on that in class today.

Thursday, September 13

We started today by watching this video investigating whether there might be some scientific basis for the Circe legend in the Odyssey:

After that, we chatted about the Odyssey Vocabulary List 3. Your Vocab.com and 20 vocabulary sentences will be due by Sunday at 11:59 PM.

Remember that Book 10 of the Odyssey is due tomorrow!

And we will have an extra credit film tomorrow afternoon! It will be Unbroken, and it should be finished by 6:00 PM.

Wednesday, September 12

We started today with a conversation about Odysseus’s adventure in the cave of the cyclops! Your next reading assignment (Book 10 Reading Guide and 6 – Book 10) will be due on Friday, so you have a couple of days for that.

With the remainder of our time, we read a short story of this episode told from Polyphemos’s perspective. If you were absent, please come in on Friday to make up the questions that we answered about that piece.

Oh, and we will have an extra credit move this Friday after school, but I haven’t decided what it will be yet (we’re not as far along in the Odyssey as I would like to be able to show you the second half, so I think it’s going to be something related to the Hero’s Journey).