Finding the "REAL" world of Homer's Odyssey

For students of 9th to 9th grade.

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Lesson Plan Title: Finding the "Real" world of Homer's Odyssey

Concept / Topic To Teach: 
Greek/Roman Mythology
Creative Writing
Public Speaking
News story: 5 W's + H

Standards Addressed: 
1. Research
2. Writing
3. Public Speaking
4. Art
5. Technology
General Goal(s): 
Specific Objectives: 
1. Practice research skills.
2. Develop a storyboard to add in sequencing a story.
3. Practice public speaking skills using technology.
Required Materials: 
Mythology reference materials (i.e. encylopedias, Internet access, copies of The Odyssey)
Drawing materials (i.e. crayons, colored pencils, etc.)
Video Camera & TV (*video editing software...if available).
Anticipatory Set (Lead-In): 
Students will watch a "LEAD" story for a sensational newscast about a real event in the world (i.e. 
Step-By-Step Procedures: 

1. Students will select one monster from The Odyssey that Odysseus encounters on his journey.
2. Students will research the original myth about that monster using available resources.
3. Students will develop a six-square storyboard (in full-color)indicating how the monster came to be in that particular area of the Mediteranean Sea.
4. Students will then develop a news story showcasing Odysseus encountering the monster with specific factual data about the area by answering the 5 W's + H questions.
5. Students will "stage" a newscast in which they report on both the myth and news story about the monster.  They may use video editing software to create a more "professional look," but they will be showcasing their storyboards as a visual prior to the newscast.