This project integrates elements of The Odyssey, beautiful films, and your students' own observations and connections!
In this final paper, students are shown one of two high quality films and asked to find connections between the film and the epic story of Odysseus. I've always enjoyed the results and this is a final paper that I have never seen anywhere else!
This download includes a rationale page that includes why I have used each film, the virtues of each film, and the connections between the film and The Odyssey for both. It also includes a page summarizing the film, the assignment sheet for each film, and a rubric for the final paper. (I plan on updating this unit with new material I used this year, including discussion questions for Song of the Sea.)
The Spirited Away element of this product is included in my Spirited Away and The Odyssey Unit.
I have taught Spirited Away as the core film for several years and it has always yielded high interest and good observations. This year I used Song of the Sea for the first time with excellent results. My Freshmen were very engaged with the film and we had really good discussions about the plot and connections.