The Odysseus Project is a culminating
activity for a ninth graded language arts unit in which
students read the Odyssey of Homer and investigated
Grecian mythology and culture. The final task give to
students is to construct a short video in which they
interview characters in the Odyssey to discover something
about the character of Odysseus.
The student were formed into heterogeneous groups for
the duration of the project. Each group consisted of
4-5 students who took the roles of a film crew or small
video production company.
Bridges to Prior Knowledge
Student will have read the Odyssey and participated
in board-games and multi-media games about Greek Myths.
Student will also have viewed a film version of the
Odyssey. Students will begin by completing a warm-up
activity by individually answering the questions:
1. What do I know about the characters that Odysseus
meets on his journey home from Troy?
2. What do I want to know about why Odysseus behaves
the way that he does?
3. What did I learn as a result of participating in
The Instructor introduced the following focus questions
for the groups to consider:
1. What insights can the characters in the Odyssey give
us on the motivation and quality of character of the
Greek hero Odysseus?
2. What made Odysseus a hero anyway?
3. Did the character of Odysseus change over the course
of his journey?
4. What is the difference between character and quality
The Student Product
The students took approximately two weeks to complete
The first activity was that the collaborative groups
decided on the roles that each member would take:
2. News Anchor
4. Sound Engineer
Students then participated in a brainstorming activity
to choose a character and to develop interview questions
that will give insight into the character of Odysseus.
Students built their sets and costumes and practiced
using the video equipemtent before producing their video.
The videos were edited by the teacher.
their groups collaborative process and were evaluated
by their peers and the instructor for their final presentations.
Students wrote a one page reflection on their participation
in the project and describing what they felt that they
had learned from the experience.