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The Odyssey Notebook

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(You will be allowed to use your notebook on the day of the test!! Remember to have a section in the back called APPENDIX, where you can put all of the handouts you complete in class.  If they're attached to the notebook, you may use them!) 

 

Your notebook will be due on the day of The Odyssey test.  Your notebook must contain the following:

 

1.      (10 points)  An original cover with a title, an illustration, and your name.

 

2.      (10 points)  Table of Contents.  Once your notebook is complete and organized with numbered pages, you will create a table of contents.  This will be the first page in your notebook (after the cover, of course, which is not numbered).

 

3.      (5 points)  Characters Page.  This page will have three columns where you identify the characters (Human - God/Goddess - Supernatural/Monster). 

 

4.      (50 points)  A diary section with five entries and five illustrations for each of the following adventures:

Lotus Eaters (158)

Land of the Cyclopes (160)

Circe, the Enchantress (176)

The Sirens (190)

Scylla and Charybdis (191)

This is Odysseus’ diary of his adventures.  Each of the five entries should begin “Dear Diary.”  Then describe the adventure from Odysseus’ point of view.  (He would use the pronoun “I” when he is writing.)  You should briefly summarize the adventure, and then go beyond just summarizing the text.  Be creative.  Tell us what you (Odysseus) are really feeling, thinking, and dreaming.  Each entry should be one page, including the picture.  (I suggest using page for each.  You may type entry and add a picture from the Internet, if you like.  It must fit on one page.)

 

5.      (10 points)  Character Sketch.  This page will be your graphic organizer for a character sketch of Odysseus.  (Graphic organizer will be provided.)

 

6.   (10 points)  Reflections page.  Metaphorically, human life is an odyssey.  The lure of the lotus, the seduction of the Siren’s song, and the brutish world of the Cyclopes all represent tests and ordeals people confront almost daily.  Discuss similarities between the journey of Odysseus and events that have occurred in your own life.  Think about the difficult choices Odysseus was required to make during his journey.

 

7.  (5 points)  THIS Score page should be your last page.  It is numbered and included in your Table of Contents.

 

NEATNESS COUNTS.  START YOUR NOTEBOOK TODAY!  DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.

L L L 25 points will be deducted for each day late L L L

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"He who learns but does not think is lost! 
He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger!" 
Confucius 551-479 B.C. (Chinese philosopher)

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"YOU make choices, but  CHOICES make you." (DOS)
 
“Men are not prisoners of fate, but prisoners of their own minds.” (FDR)

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DID YOU KNOW THAT NO PIECE OF PAPER CAN BE FOLDED IN HALF MORE THAN SEVEN TIMES?  TRY IT.  THEN GET BACK TO WORK.

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