Resources for The Odyssey: Island of the Lotus Eaters

Next on our Odyssey odyssey is the “Island of the Lotus Eaters.” Here we have some resources for teaching the Island of the Lotus Eaters from The Odyssey.

Lesson Plan Procedures for Teaching “Island of the Lotus Eaters” from The Odyssey

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    Read the excerpt on the “Lotus Eaters” contained in your anthologized text book. It’s probably not that long. Most students will be familiar with the Lotus Casino from the Percy Jackson books. I’ve included the scene from the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief movie below. Although I don’t see any appropriateness issues with the clip, it’s not a bad idea to preview it. There is partying in a Vegas casino that you may want to make sure is suitable for your class. Since I live and teach in Las Vegas, it’s nothing new. In fact, it’s kind of cool.
  2. You may wish to listen to an audio recording of some type. My favorite is from Odds Bodkin, Master Talesman. Odd’s retelling of the epic is a source I highly recommend–although it is a bit pricey, far more expensive than my 7-week Teaching The Odyssey unit, which includes all sorts of awesome lesson plans. I’ll include “The Lotus Eaters” scene here. (Dear Odds Bodkin: I also included a link to purchase the audio in hopes of you not removing the clip. Think of it as free advertising).
  3. Show the aforementioned Lotus Hotel scene from Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief.
  4. Write a narrative from the point of view of one of the individuals in the adventure. In case you forgot, I have a 7-week unit on The Odyssey that includes a journal handout for each adventure. There’s also a rubric. Just letting you know.

Here are the promised resources.

Let’s start with the Lotus Casino scene from Percy Jackson.

Now on to Odds Bodkin, Master Talesman’s audio rendition of The Lotus Eaters adventure from The Odyssey.

I’ll throw in some ELA lesson plan standards to appease the administration at your school.

  • RL.9-10.5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
  • RL.9-10.6 Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
  • RL.9-10.7 Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden’s “Musee des Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus).
  • RL.9-10.9 Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).
  • Common Core Writing Standard 3: W.9-10.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.


Last Updated on April 7, 2016 by Trenton Lorcher

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