English 9 Enriched: Odyssey “Who’s Who?” Mini Posters

Bulletin Board masks

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:

Athena Charybdis Helen Hephaestus Persephone

Dionysus Hades Poseidon Zeus

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