06 Jan Argos on Paper Back
Teacher's Guide for Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog
Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog is a re-telling of the Odyssey from the viewpoint of Odysseus's loyal dog. Mentioned for only a few lines in most translations, I have taken what little Homer tells us about Argos and invented a life for him on the island of Ithaca while he waits for his master to return, guarding the flocks from wolves, as well as Odysseus's wife, Penelope, and his son, Telemachos, from the evil suitors. Knowing his master is in peril, Argos seeks the help of a number of animals including seagulls, bats, sea turtles, crows, and sparrows to intercede on his master's behalf, and through their stories Argos learns of his master's many challenges and adventures.
The novel Argos gives middle-grade teachers the opportunity to discuss the world of Greek mythology, heroic quests, geography, and the history of the Bronze Age, as well as literary topics such as protagonist/antagonist, point of view, setting, characterization, personification, and many more. The following study guide is designed to generate ideas and topics for class discussion, close reading and story analysis, as well as encourage creative writing projects for budding writers. For each topic I have tried to pose questions of easy, moderate, and more challenging content suitable for readers of different strengths. Please feel free to contact me with suggestions and ideas that I can include in future iterations of the study guide.
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Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog
Argos Lexile measure: 930
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