Friday, October 6

We finished the Odyssey! Our study of this epic poem culminated in a nice conversation and a viewing of Crash Course:

With our remaining time, we finished vocabulary are discussed adjectives and adverbs (please see the grammar tab for those resources).

You don’t have any reading or homework for the weekend, but please be studying for your vocabulary and grammar quiz on Monday! (Remember that is a great resource for this.)


Thursday, October 5

A few important announcements about extra credit:

  1. This Friday afternoon’s movie will be the second half of the Odyssey. We’ll start at 3:30 and finish up a little after 5:00. Come by to see what happens when Odysseus confronts the suitors (and earn 10 points of extra credit for next week’s quiz!).
  2. You also have the opportunity to earn 10 points of extra credit on one of your summer reading essays by attending the practice PSAT session this Saturday at Bellaire. Sign up here.

Speaking of the PSAT, we’ll be taking that this upcoming Wednesday, so classes that day will be very short. The PSAT is a great way to see if you are ready for the real SAT and to earn National Merit status, which might qualify you for some bug scholarships.

In class, we started with a discussion of the big battle scene in the great hall of the palace of Ithaca! With our remaining time, we discussed the majority of the vocabulary words on Odyssey List 3. Please remember that you can be practicing those by going to

Homework for tonight is that portion of the Odyssey (Books 23 and 24 Reading Guide).

Tuesday, October 3

We began today with a quick discussion of Books 11 and 12 of The Odyssey. Then students watched this short film:

and answered these questions (The Science Behind the Myth of Homer’s Odyssey).

With the remaining 20 – 25 minutes, I gave students a chance to get a head start on tonight’s reading guide (Books 15, 16, and 17 Reading Guide). Most of you said that you were able to finish half of that in class.

And as a reminder, this week’s extra credit film on Friday afternoon will be the second half of The Odyssey.

Friday, September 29

We had an excellent (and packed!) second movie afternoon! Remember that next week is the second half of The Odyssey.

In class, we talked about Book 10 (Circe!) and finished the online reading test. Homework for the weekend was Book 11 (the Underworld!): Book 11 Reading Guide.

Please remember to make sure that you are prepared for our quiz on Monday! You should have a sense of where you are based on the grammar “pop quiz” (which was not for a grade).

Thursday, September 28

We had a lot of fun with Odyssey storytime today! With the time that remained, we discussed what you read last night in Book 9 (Odysseus’s adventures with the Cyclops) and finished learning about verbs. Remember that you will have a grammar and vocabulary quiz on Monday (including some review questions from last week).

Homework for tonight was to read Book 10 and complete the reading guide (Book 10 Reading Guide).


Wednesday, September 27

We had some really great discussions about the podcast today! Thank you for your enthusiastic participation.

With the remainder of our time, we began a lesson on verbs (which will be on your quiz this upcoming Monday). We’ll finish that tomorrow. Please remember that you can earn up to 10 extra credit points for that by attending this Friday’s movie, the film version of the Odyssey (which should be finished by 5:30). The materials on verbs are under the “Grammar” tab of the website.

I also told you that because we need more time to take the online reading test we started on Monday, we’re going to push back the essay we were going to start on Friday and use that time for this instead.

Quiz 1 – Results

Just to give you a picture of how students did overall on the quiz, here was a breakdown of the scores:


The average score was an 89. If you attended the movie last Thursday, I will add the extra credit on in Gradespeed.

If you would like to talk about what you missed on the quiz, please come by during Friday at lunch (there are still quite a few students who haven’t take the quiz, so I don’t want to talk about the questions yet).