This is a sixth grade Hero unit. This packet was adapted for a small group of students who would be reading The Adventures of Odysseus by Hugh Lipton, in order to understand the six elements of a “Hero” genre. The six elements are: a call to adventure,
a mentor, an obstacle(s), fulfilling the quest, the return of the hero, and the transformation of the hero. In The Adventures of Odysseus, the hero remains the same, but the obstacles are countless! After each chapter, students will write a summary of the chapter and fill
out a chart to note what the six elements are, and see what elements have changed/not changed. There is a lot of scaffolding to provide students with who the characters are, as they are
referred to in the “Prologue” and “Chapter One.” There is background information about the Trojan War, which leads into The Adventures of Odysseus. There is also a lot of background provided about one “mentor,” Athena, whose name appears in The
Adventures of Odysseus. Students will get a sense of Athena as they work on “Visual Thinking Strategies” as they look at various Greek art work depicting Athena, (coin, relief, vase, statue).
For the Final Exhibition, students will make a poster, depicting the six elements of the “hero” in The Adventures of Odysseus. There are clear directions for this poster and a rubric included.