Tired of teaching the same old Odyssey unit every year? Try some of these fun, hands-on activities to give your unit a kick!
This bundle contains 5 activities:
1. Rate Your Odysseus-ness (Beginning of book)
This is set of 9 funny multiple-choice questions that ask students what they would do if they were stuck in some of Odysseus' situations. It's meant to mimic the personality tests often found in magazines and serves as an introduction to Odysseus. It makes kids laugh and I like to see what kids fill in for the "insert your own answer" questions.
Once the students finish answering the questions, go through each one and ask the students what they would do. Talking about the answers will help students gain an understanding of Odysseus and some of the major events of the story before they even start the book. This activity only takes about 10-15 minutes.
2. Allusions, The Odyssey, & a Comic (During/end of book)
This is a fun, 45-60 minute lesson focused on allusions. Students learn about allusions and then create a comic with an allusion to The Odyssey. PowerPoint and comic templates provided. Print, copy, & go!
3. The Odyssey 3-D Map Project (During/end of book)
Have students who are hands-on learners? Or students who crave creativity? Then this project is for you! For this project, students create a 3-D map of Odysseus' travels. This is a good activity for any student tackling The Odyssey, and can be used as an end-of-unit project or as a continuous project throughout the unit. As students are building the map, they are also writing short summaries and analyses.
When students are done building their maps, other English classes can come and vote on the best one!
4. “6 Creative Prompts for The Odyssey” (during/end of book)
Give your students an opportunity to do some creative writing with one of these six prompts.
5. Spongebob Squarepants The Movie vs. The Odyssey (end of book)
If you are teaching The Odyssey to young students or young high school students who are struggling readers, watching Spongebob at the end of the unit is usually a treat/break that the kids really enjoy. Spongebob Squarepants The Movie (surprisingly) has a lot of connections to The Odyssey, so this chart simply allows students to track the connections. They wrap up the activity by writing a summative paragraph of their findings.
Most of these products include:
• Clear objectives
• Step-by-step lesson plans
• Built-in checks for understanding
• All necessary handouts