The Adventures of Odysseus

An important part of life is overcoming challenges. Today in class you will be reading about the challenges that the Greek hero, Odysseus, faced on his return journey home from the Trojan War.

Click the following link for the site you will be using: The Travels of Odysseus

Your task:

1.  Read the story of Odysseus’ journey and visit the Explore and Challenge section.

2. Select one challenge that Odysseus faced.

5. Using Comic Life, illustrate and describe the challenge that Odysseus faced. Be sure to include how he dealt with this challenge. Use captions under pictures to give setting. Use speech bubbles for dialogue, and thought balloons to show what characters are thinking. Have fun with it.



Rites of passage in Sparta

In Sparta, the agoge (a-go-jay) was a definite test that boys underwent before they could be considered men. Can you think of anything nowadays that marks the transition from childhood to adulthood? Describe your ideas in the comments section.

Explore the sites below and gain more knowledge about life in Sparta. Be familiar with these two sites for Thursday. You never know what might pop up in class…

Site #1


Today’s Sparta Powerpoint

A Fun Game – Are you strong enough to become a citizen?


Visit both websites, play the fun game and review the powerpoint.


Friday – 11/10/2013

Ancient Greece Unit Test

Click HERE for a copy of the Ancient Greece Unit Test Study Guide.

Map of ancient Greece

It’s time to finish up our study of anciet Greece, show what we have learned, and move on to Rome. Follow the study guide and review all of the classwork, homework, worksheets, blog entries, video questions, class discussions, flashcards, and books you’ve read.

The assessment will focus on knowing important aspects of ancient Greece, with a special emphasis on applying what you’ve learned to the world today. I want you to make connections between ancient Greece and the world today. You’ll need to be able to apply your knowlege and think broadly.

Map of ancient Greece

Test Dates:

Wednesday 05/12/12 – Day 2 social studies

Thursday 06/12/12 – Day 1 social studies

Greek Wars

BBC site for Greek Wars:

Key terms to know:

hoplites – Greek foot soldiers

siege – surrounding and attacking a fortified place

phalanx – Greek attack formation with spears

cavalry – soldiers on horseback

trireme – Greek war ship

Here are some scenes from the movie Troy, that show some of the battle tactics we discussed in class:



This is the History Channel scene of the battle of Thermopolae with the infamous 300 Spartan warriors who valiantly fought until the end.


Writing Your Personal Myth

A myth is a made-up story that often explains the existence of a natural phenomenon — such as where thunder comes from or why snow falls from the sky. Myths often include gods and goddesses and other supernatural characters who have the power to make extraordinary things happen.

Click HERE for a guide to writing your own personal myth. Read the myths of other students from all different ages and parts of the world.

YOUR TASK – Write a myth of your own. Be sure to include all of the Elements of a Myth.

How you’ll be assessed (100 point writing grade – 20 points for each category):

Ideas –

  • All elements of a myth are present. Ideas are clear, focussed and enriched with details. Dialogue is used between characters.

Organization –

  • An inviting lead is used. Transitions are used to connect ideas. There is build up to a conflict, a resolution, and a clear conclusion.

Word Choice

  • Vocabulary is powerful and engaging, creating mental imagery. Words and phrases are unique and effective. Lively verbs energize the writing.


  • Spelling, grammar, punctuation and capitalization are correct and used effectively to enhance readability. This piece of writing is ready to be published.

Writing Process

  • All stages of the writing process are clearly documented. Elements of myth worksheet, hand written rough drafts, brainstorming sheets, all typed drafts, peer feedback rubrics, self assessment rubrics, teacher feedback, and of course your final published paper.

Click HERE for another myth, this one about Deadalus and Icarus. Does it have all the same elements of a myth as the Minotaur and Pandora?

Click HERE to go to Story Creator to create your digital myth.

Due Dates

Monday (day 2 students) – published myth and digital myth

Tuesday (day 1 students) – published myth and digital myth