This is a great introduction to characters or a fantastic wrap-up to the Odyssey unit. This 1 page document is a handout that can be printed once for all your classes to use in class or posted online for use at home. The student must create a piece of writing to relate to each of the characters.
1) If a student "can't relate" to something, have a backup plan or talk them through it.
2) I would set a Min and Max limit to ensure everyone writes enough, but not too much for you to read.