A Travel Journal for Homer's Odyssey
Students select their favorite excerpts from The Odyssey, type a first-hand account of the story, and add graphics and music from the Internet. This lesson uses Apple's Pages program and includes a completed sample for viewing.
Odyssey, setting, Pages, travel journal
This lesson can be an excellent introduction to iWork's Pages program. Or, you might choose to duplicate the basic idea using another program, such as Microsoft Word or Publisher. Note that students need to have basic skills at opening and closing programs, saving work, printing, and so on.
Prior to the lesson, the class should read one or more of Odysseus' adventures. As an adventure is read, help students identify the action, the characters, the conflict, and the resolution. Also, ask what images might help them better understand or imagine the scene. You also might want to discuss with students certain high-interest scenes, such as Odysseus' encounters with Circe, the Cyclops, the Sirens.
The steps below can be completed as a class in a computer lab or in a 1:1 laptop setting, or individually or in groups on classroom computers. If appropriate or desired for your students, you might show them an example of a completed travel journal before beginning the lesson.
Provide students with the following directions:
AssessmentStudents will be assessed on their ability to:
Lesson Plan Source
FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
GRADES 9 - 12
NA-VA.9-12.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
NA-VA.9-12.4 Understanding the Visual Arts In Relation to History and Cultures
NA-VA.9-12.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES K - 12
NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge
NL-ENG.K-12.7 Evaluating Data
NL-ENG.K-12.8 Developing Research Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.9 Multicultural Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills