In preparation for reading The Odyssey, it’s necessary to get the whole “Who’s Who?” thing down right from the get go. One activity that I do is to have students draw names of Greek Gods and Goddesses, Trojan War heroes, and creatures/monsters from The Iliad and The Odyssey. Enriched students then research the character and create a mini-poster that introduces the character to the class. The poster needs to include the following:
- The hand printed lettering must relate to the character in some way. Students create own letters that reflect some aspect of the god/goddess/hero/creature;
- They must include a symbol that tells us something about the character;
- And they must include a brief “bio” for the character.
On the due date, they take turns introducing “themselves.” I also encourage them to take on the personae of the character, but that doesn’t always pan out.
While the enriched kids make mini-posters, the regents kids make masks that also introduce the characters. I then create a bulletin board with the posters next to the corresponding masks. This gives us a giant “Who’s Who?” point of reference for when we are reading.
Some close-ups are included below: