The Odyssey Activity: Creative Writing, Epic Poem Assessment

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Formats Included
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Looking for a fun alternative assessment for The Odyssey or The Iliad?

When they complete this innovative creative writing assignment, students will demonstrate their understanding of the characteristics of an epic poem, as well as of the world view and tone of the epic poems, by writing an original short story.

They might not be battling real gods or monsters, but any students who have battled for the last sandwich in the lunch line or struggled to get to first period before the bell know that high school is like an epic poem! Now they’ll have the chance to tell their story that way.

Included in this packet are

—a prompt for students

—questions on the characteristics of epic poems with an answer key

—prewriting questions to inspire students to get creative

—and a rubric to grade their final product.

Students will love the chance to get creative with their writing, and you will love the fun-to-read and easy-to-grade assignment.

Total Pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
55 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.


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