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. Students then research the character and create a mask that introduces the character to the class. On the due date, they put their masks on and 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 regents kids make masks, the enriched kids make mini-posters 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: