If you're anything like me, once your students have mastered "The Odyssey" the last thing you want to subject them to is an objective assessment that takes the heart out of the literature at hand. Instead, ask them to build a Sparks notes style book that they could give to a fictional friend who didn't get through the entire story. Your students will craft well-written summaries, examine characters for development, and examine and illustrate the geography of the story among other activities. Students can create their own books from scratch after finishing the included pre-writing page, or they can use one of a variety of templates that helps plan the pages. These templates are especially useful for students with special needs as it guides them through making sure they include all the necessary elements. I have also found success with allowing students with special needs to create this project in a partnership. Every year, this project is one of my students' favorites.