Add this to your Odyssey Unit. This is a very engaging and timely activity that deals with a piece of classic literature that is essential to the goals of the Common Core. Students race to collect textual evidence in disguise as character tweets. After the data collection on several topics, students jigsaw and examine one of the topic sheets. The discussion of this material will become material for a constructed response. I love to make learning a game and this is the ultimate example of that.
I have included 9 constructed response questions to conclude the formative assessment.
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10 minute Trojan War
The Odyssey Major Test
The Odyssey Literacy Stations
The Odyssey Literary Analysis Task Cards
The Odyssey Word Wall/Collaborative Review
The Odyssey Post Assessment
The Odyssey Essay Test
The Odyssey Giant Topographical Map Project
The Odyssey 3-D Scene analysis
Common Core Standards
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2b Develop the topic with well-chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2c Use appropriate and varied transitions to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research