Then and now

Then and now
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  • Teachable moment circa 2004...
  • Ms. Plaza, The Odyssey is SO boring. Why do we have to read it?
  • Later that night...
  • There must be a way to make The Odyssey more interesting to today's teens. Hmmmmm. I've go it!
  • Problem solved...
  • Actually, girls, The Odyssey is really the first soap opera. Think of it as Desperate Argives. Let's make it even more fun by writing Desperate Argives: The Musical. Here's a song I wrote to Athena.
  • Oh, no! My biggest fear: being boring!
  • It's not ALL about me...
  • Now that we've explored Part I, you will each have a chapter to act out and write a song for!
  • Super Teacher to the rescue!
  • Teachable Moment Circa 2016
  • I know this class loves musicals, especially the classics, so all the tunes come from West Side Story.
  • Instead of solving the problem...
  • What a great question! Is everything about the story "old"? Do you see any connections between Odysseus's story and your favorite TV show or video game?
  • Their scenes/songs are witty, clever, fun--just like them. I feel so successful as a teacher. But what if...
  • Some questions do not change. But maybe my response can be different this time...
  • Ms. Plaza. The Odyssey is SO boring. Why does everything we read have to be so old?
  • We spend the rest of the class thinking about whether reading old texts is worth our time and whether The Odyssey has anything in common with today's world. Later that week I tell the class that in small groups they will present scenes to a seventh-grade class. Their job will be to make their group's scene relevant to today's 13-year-olds...
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