Cyclops: The Monster in the Cave--Readers Theater from The Odyssey

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Mackowiecki Lewis
Grade Levels
5th - 9th, Homeschool
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9 pages
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My students love acting out plays and they especially loved this one. We have been reading "Tales from the Odyssey," so it was fun to connect what they have been reading about with an in-class play.
My students LOVE to do Readers Theater. They always have fun doing them and don't even realize they're practicing fluency! This was a great supplement to our reading of The Odyssey.


Includes comprehension activity, key, and teacher notes! Liven up your reading curriculum and satisfy the Common Core with this kid-friendly classroom play based on the 9th book of Homer's The Odyssey. Originally published in the September 2012 issue of Scholastic's Scope magazine, "Cyclops" is suitable for reader's theater or stage performance. Use it to introduce the original text, build fluency, and improve comprehension. Pair it with a Percy Jackson novel as part of a literature circle! Or just have fun reading or enacting this engaging story in which Odysseus outwits the man-eating monster in the cave. From 12 to 30 parts depending on your casting needs. Ideal for 5th through 7th grade but potentially suitable for 4th and 8th as well. Click on the "podcasts" tab at to see it performed by 5th graders. Original purchaser is licensed to print a full classroom set each year!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.


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