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The Odyssey: Narrative Writing

Help readers make a personal connection to Homer's The Odyssey with a narrative writing assignment. Scholars select one of three prompts and craft a first-person narrative rich in sensory details that describes an experience they had similar to a challenge faced by either Telemakhos or Odysseus.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Provide several models of first-person narratives as examples
  • Have writers share their narratives in groups for peer review
Classroom Considerations
  • Writers should be familiar with the conventions of MLA format, of first-person point of view, and narrative writing
  • Presumes participants have completed a reading of The Odyssey
Pros
  • The activity encourages readers to make personal connections to the text
Cons
  • Rubric lacking in details