The If Odyssey

The If Odyssey : A Philosophical Journey Through Greek Myth and Storytelling for 8 - 16-Year-Olds

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The If Odyssey draws out the philosophy that lies behind each story in Homer'sepic tale to introduce children not only to the exciting fables of Odysseus,but also to that other great Ancient Greek tradition, philosophy. Explore withOdysseus the value of happiness, non-existent entities, moral dilemmas, thephilosophy of prophecy, and the nature of love among many other philosophicalissues. From the author of The If Machine, this book offers stories andsession plans suitable for use across the curriculum with children aged 8-16.Online you'll find maps of Odysseus' journey, The Words of Tiresias thatprovides clues for the children as to Odysseus' progress and an Ancient Greek languageworkshop with accompanying worksheets. You can use the 'Storykit' section, whichprovides hints and tips on storytelling skills, to bring the tales of TheOdyssey to life and stimulate independent, critical thinking with more

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  • Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • United States
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  • 1441107762
  • 9781441107763

About Peter Worley

Peter Worley is founder and CEO of The Philosophy Foundation (, a charity that specialises in philosophy in primary and secondary schools, based in the UK. Peter has over 15 years' experience in teaching and regularly gives talks and presentations about philosophy in schools. He is a Fellow of the RSA and is currently studying for a PhD at King's College London, UK. Tamar Levi is an author and illustrator based in London, UK and has her own website: Tamar is also researching a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Roehampton University, UK. Angie Hobbs is Senior Fellow in the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Warwick, UKshow more

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Acknowledgements \ Preface \ Section One: How to use TheIf Odyssey \ Introduction \ Ariadne: The Art of Facilitation \ Aoidos: TheLost Art of Storytelling \ Logos: Teaching Strategies \ Section Two: TheOdyssey \ 1. The War (The Wooden Horse) \ 2. The Battle (The Ciconians) 3. Happiness and Forgetting (The Lotus Eaters) \ 4. Nobody's Home (The Cyclops)\ 5. Captain or Crew? (Aeolus and the Bag of Winds) \ 6. Dinner Guests (TheLaestrygonians) \ 7. Choices (Circe and the Pig Men) \ 8. Under the World (Tiresiasand the Underworld) \ Chapter 9. The Singing Women (The Sirens) \ 10. TheHorror of The Rocks (Scylla and Charybdis) \ 11. Clouded (The Cattle of Helios)\ 12. The Concealer (The Island of Kalypso) \ 13. The Storyteller (ThePhaeacians) \ 14. The Stranger (The Return Home) \ Section Three: After TheOdyssey \ Appendix 1: The Hero \ Appendix 2: Introduction to Ancient Greek\ Appendix 3: Ancient Greek Workshop \ Appendix 4: Winged Words (Oidipus andThe Riddle of The Sphinx) \ Bibliographyshow more

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