Most students do not recounter the fabulous tales of Homer until high school --however, being introduced to these classical tales in elementary school gets students excited and better prepared for a formal introduction later on.
The journeys in "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" reveal decision making under pressure that isn't always for the best. They require "something more" of the characters and show the impact of allowing emotions to rule wisdom. Although seemingly and COMPLETELY unrelated to the journey of Wilbur in "Charlotte's Web" and Hazel's rabbits in "Watership Down," all journeys are about choices and the many different paths our choices will take. All journeys are about learning hard lessons --a truth seen even thousands of years ago.
DAILY MEETING BOARD for each session (below) --it lets students see the day's focus