I have included three analytical resources here for The Odyssey:
1.) Odyssey Blog Activity
⤕Students are used to composing online (think Facebook, Twitter, etc.), and this assignment capitalizes on this familiarity by requiring students to blog from a literary character's perspective from the text. The document includes directions, two free blogging websites students can use (one is accessible if students have a free Google account), requirements for the activity, and a rubric. Students can compose individually or work in pairs.
⤕Essentially, students must choose a literary character from Homer's text (Odysseus, Penelope, or Telemachus) and publish at least four blog posts, of at least 250 words each, from their character's perspective that correspond with four different moments from the text. They write in first person in their character's voice.
2.) Odyssey Resume Activity
⤕This is a resume that I assign to students during, or after, a reading of the text. For the assignment, students imagine that Odysseus is applying for a leadership position.
⤕To help him get this job, students must compose a professional resume and provide information about Odysseus under three different headings (Education, Work Experience, and Skills). For each section, students must be creative while including direct quotes from the text.
⤕For each category, students must include several listings. To get them started, I included several examples on the document. Students must also include Odysseus' contact information.
⤕This assignment not only provokes the critical reading and writing required by the Common Core State Standards, but it also introduces students to resume writing. This is a valuable assignment that students can complete individually or in pairs. If your school uses Microsoft Word, students can use the resume templates featured in the program (although, these templates are by no means required). From start to finish, you may find that this takes a couple of class periods.
⤕I have also included a rubric to allow for quick, efficient grading.
3.) Odyssey Gallery Walk
⤕This is a gallery walk assignment for Homer's The Odyssey that requires students to view, analyze and write about images related to the text. A gallery walk is an activity that requires students to circulate around the room while thoughtfully observing and analyzing visual content. I have included two websites within the product that feature different images related to Homer's work (including pictures of related ancient art). In the included directions, I specify how you should select five images for students to perform a gallery walk with. Note that I also included a website link on the assignment itself in case you want students to select their own images, independently, to analyze.
⤕During the exercise, students walk around the room in silence and view each Odyssey-related image; as they view, they respond to the questions on the handout, which require them to reflect, write, and make connections to the text. This activity can be followed up with paired and/or whole class discussion or extended writing.
⤕I have included directions and a two page handout/graphic organizer.
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