This fun creative writing assignment is a great summative assessment for The Iliad or The Odyssey. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the characteristics of an epic poem, as well as of the world view and tone of the epic poems, by writing an original short story.
They might not be battling real gods or monsters, but any students who have battled for the last sandwich in the lunch line or struggled to get to first period before the bell know that high school is like an epic poem.
Included in this packet are a prompt for students, questions on the characteristics of epic poems with an answer key, prewriting questions to inspire students to get creative, and a rubric to grade their final product.
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which includes five different creative writing assignments, instructions on how to do writing workshop with your classes, printable peer conference handouts, as well as a show-don’t-tell lesson.