This is a culminating activity that I use to conclude Homer’s The Odyssey. I usually start with selections from The Iliad and The Aeneid, particularly the building of the Trojan Horse which is in Book II of The Aeneid. The reason I have to use the Aeneid is because Homer ends The Iliad with the death of Hector, and I want my students to begin their chart of character development for the character of Odysseus with his design of The Horse which establishes him as a great war hero. The Iliad and The Aeneid are tough texts and something like them can end up on the new standardized tests like the PARCC, though neither are necessary to write this essay or complete the worksheet. This material has been organized to resemble the PARCC Literary Analysis Task- Prose Constructed Response.
Included with this packet:
• The “Elements of an Epic Hero Cycle” worksheet.
• A Prose Constructed Response Essay Prompt about the character development of Odysseus as he travels through the events of The Odyssey.
• A rubric for the essay based on the AP Literature and Composition rubric.
I also have a graphic organizer for the Literary Analysis Task- Prose Constructed Response Essay as well as an Introduction to Greek Literature Powerpoint Presentation available in my store. Please take a look.