Personal Response Essay To The Odyssey

Each unit assessment has three parts, which together measure the following claims:

  • Students read and comprehend a range of complex texts independently.
  • Students write effectively when using and/or analyzing sources.

Culminating Writing Task

Students write a multiparagraph essay in response to the question: Which is more important to the development of Odysseus’ character and a theme of the epic—the journey or the goal?

Extension Task 

Students read two texts and engage in a Socratic seminar to discuss: “What about the human experience is revealed through the various depictions of the quest motif of the unit texts?” Then students write a personal narrative essay modeled after the experiences and structure of a selected character or story from the unit: “Tell the story of your own personal quest or a challenge you faced and how, like Odysseus with the Sirens, Penelope with the suitors, or Phoenix with the woods, you grew from the challenge to reach a desired goal. Develop a theme through the narrative that reflects the value you place on the journey or the goal.”

Cold-Read Task

Students read an excerpt from Book Six of The Iliad. Then students answer a combination of questions.

The Odyssey Response Paper

1880 WordsJan 28th, 20188 Pages

The Odyssey portrays a man’s journey toward and growth in true wisdom through his better knowledge of human nature. He undergoes many different trials on his journey back to his home and family, and it is during these trials that Odysseus has insights into human nature. These insights lead to Odysseus’s newfound wisdom, which he achieves by the time he returns home to Ithaca. It is thus during Odysseus’s journey and return home that we most clearly see him growing in true wisdom and virtue. Homer begins the Odyssey with an ironic line: “This is the story of a man, one who was never at a loss” (p. 3). The irony of this line is seen numerous times throughout the book: Odysseus, who is usually never at a loss, is constantly at a loss. This is because he only knows how to be a man of cunning, and must learn to become a man of wisdom also. Odysseus is able to get his way many times by manipulating the situation with his cunning. But when he comes across a situation where his cunning is of no use to him, he finds himself at a loss because of his lack of wisdom. He does not know what ought to be done in most situations because he has not reflected very deeply on his own experiences, human nature, or tradition. This is evident after he tries to obtain…

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