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The Odyssey / Epic Hero Introduction Quiz
This 12-question quiz is recall of introductory information about The Odyssey, Greek Mythology, and the Epic Hero. I often let the students use their lecture notes on this quiz, as motivation for paying attention in class. An answer key is included on the second page of the document.
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The Odyssey, Epic hero worksheet
This worksheet is designed to force students to identify the qualities of Odysseus that qualify him as an epic hero. Students must identify the qualities of physical and intellectual prowess of Odysseus in many of the common tales of the Odyssey.
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The Odyssey: Epic Hero
This assignment is designed to be used with the adapted Puffin Classics version of "The Odyssey" by Geraldine McCaughrean. It's a great culminating activity for special education students to practice identifying an epic hero.
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"The Odyssey" Epic Hero Summary Packet
While reading "The Odyssey," students will complete this packet after reading each episode. The assignment requires students to point out evidence of an epic and epic hero in each episode citing textual evidence as well demonstrating comprehension through a reading strategy like writing a reflection
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The Characteristics of an Epic Hero -- Beowulf, The Odyssey, and More
This three-page document outlines the three most important characteristics of an Epic Hero. This can be applied to ANY epic tale, as they represent ALL epic heroes. Looking for a Beowulf unit? Check out the link below! Beowulf: Unit *BUNDLE*. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attri
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Shield Project and Reflection Paper Based on the Elements of an Epic Hero
This Word document provides directions and a rubric for assigning a Shield Project. Each student will create his or her own shield, using the epic elements of the hero’s good qualities, flaws, background and quest, using their own lives as material. In the end, the shield is a collage of the student
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Is Odysseus an Epic Hero?  Essay Assignment
I use this assignment with my 9th grade students after reading the Odyssey. We discuss the qualities of an epic hero (included in assignment) and then look for examples from the text to determine whether or not Odysseus shows the characteristics of an epic hero. The students then use the included
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Epic Hero Unit
This product would be ideal as a prereading activity for any epic hero work such as Beowulf or The Odyssey. This product contains a PowerPoint mapping out the characteristics and journey of an epic hero, a corresponding graphic organizer for students to take notes, a graphic of epic hero movies (fou
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"The Odyssey" - Visualizing the Epic Hero
"The Odyssey" - Visualizing the Epic Hero An epic hero is a character who is larger than life and displays outstanding qualities. The goal is to apply knowledge of epic hero characteristics in a visual format using evidence from the text. This assignment and other engaging activities can also be p
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The Odyssey- Greek Epic Hero Paper with Example and Rubric
For this paper, the students write a paper proving that Odysseus is a Greek Epic hero based on the characteristics he possesses. This PDF document includes the following:Page 1: Epic Hero Cycle sheet that students fill in as they read the novel. They use it to write their paper. Page 2:Student overv
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The Odyssey Greek Epic Hero and gods/goddess/monster handout
This is a zip file that contains the following: 1st handout- a Blank "Epic Hero Cycle" handout where the students track how Odysseus fits the Epic Hero Cycle. The next two pages are all of the gods/goddesses/mythical beings present in books 9-12 and 22-24 of the Odyssey (that's all our text book
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Epic Hero Traits, Song of the Day, A.C.E Writing Prompt
"I need a hero. I'm holding out for a hero till the end of the night!" Who deserves the title of "Greatest Epic Hero"? Is it Achilles, Odysseus, Katniss Everdeen, Bilbo Baggins, or some other heroic figure? This Bonnie Tyler-inspired question will get your students ready to analyze and write abou
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The Language of Homer/ Epic Hero Assignment
This worksheet is best used as students BEGIN to read the first book of the Odyssey. It has them define, identify examples from the text and create original examples of: Epic Similes, Epithets, Allusions, Illusions, Rhyme Scheme and Imagery. Teacher will need to provide info on the conventions of
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Stick Man:  An Epic Hero's Holiday Journey (picture book mini unit)
Explore the classical hero's journey with Stick Man, a self-actualized fellow swept into a series of adventures who strives to be back at the Family Tree in time for Christmas. Buoyed by this picture book's appealing rhyme and clarion call for free will, students will consider key elements of epic q
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Spongebob's an Epic Hero?
This FUN 2-3 day lesson unites The Odyssey with The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (the first, animated film). Students enjoy the film and its content while identifying allusions made within it to Odysseus and his travels. I based the three page, 24-question worksheet on what my students read from ou
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The Odyssey: Odysseus as Epic Hero Essay Writing Assignment
Students need to be able to analyze literature and to articulate their analysis in a manner which is easy to understand. For many students, this may be their first effort at writing literary analysis in which they must embed quotations correctly. In this essay, students will analyze how Odysseus con

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Real World Epic Hero Research Project
Guidelines and forms to help students research and create a PPT about a real-world hero. Forms are also included for peer assessment. This is intended to supplement a unit on The Odyssey.
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The Odyssey Bundle- Hero's Journey, Powerpoint, and Test
Homer's epic poem The Odyssey is an exciting adventure tale about love, temptation, bravery, and loyalty. This bundle includes some primers for teaching the text:Hero's Journey WorksheetThe Odyssey- Powerpoint on Books 1-24The Odyssey- Test and Answer KeyNote: The translation used is from Ian Johnst
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Epic Hero
A pie chart for use with epic heroes. Currently used for The Odyssey but change be changed for any epic. Students must find textual evidence to create the pie chart based on what percent of each trait the character holds.
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Odysseus As Epic Hero Graphic Organizer
This is a graphic organizer for 9th grade students studying The Odyssey. They will gather evidence while they read the Odyssey to use in a culminating essay.
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Epic Hero Characteristics, Exercise, and Key(s) - Used with "Odyssey"
Are you teaching Homer's "Odyssey"? "Beowulf"? "Iliad"? Here is a quick handout/graphic organizer and practice exercise for Epic Heroes. Remembering the epic hero characteristics allows students to analyze the complex character of the hero. Also included is a blank epic hero characteristic sheet (
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Odyssey Introduction Handout
This handout provides students with information and context for the Odyssey: definitions of the the word "odyssey," epic hero, the epic hero cycle, Homeric simile, and epithet. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Lisa-Holley
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The Odyssey Novel Study Unit Character Analysis - Epic Hero
{The Odyssey, Homer's Odyssey, Odyssey Character, Odyssey Analysis, Odyssey Character Analysis, Odyssey Hero, Odyssey Hero's Journey, Odyssey Unit, Odyssey Novel Study, Common Core Aligned, Odyssey Epic hero} The Odyssey: Qualities of an Epic Hero - Activities are an engaging common core way for s
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Characteristics of an Epic Hero Graphic Organizer
A simple graphic organizer to help students determine the common characteristics of Epic Heroes. I paired this organizer with our Odyssey Unit. Can be projected onto the board for an easy discussion or given to students individually.
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