Activity Overview

As students read, a storyboard can serve as a helpful character reference log. This log (also called a character map) allows students to recall relevant information about important characters. A story like The Odyssey has many characters to keep track of and a character log can help keep them straight.

Students may also want some background knowledge of the Greek gods and goddesses or Greek Myths. Try using a character map like the one below to conduct internet research. This may help establish domains and attributes of specific gods that play a major role in the epic.

The Odyssey Characters

  • Aeolus - God of Wind
  • Athena - Odysseus' guide, Goddess of War and Wisdom
  • Calypso - Nymph
  • Charybdis - A Great Whirlpool
  • Circe - Witch
  • Helios - Sun God
  • Hermes - Messenger God
  • Polyphemus - Cyclops
  • Poseidon - God of the Seas
  • Sirens - Creatures Who Lure Men to their Deaths with Song
  • Scylla - Six-Headed Beast
  • Zeus - Ruler of All Gods

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.

  1. Identify the major characters in The Odyssey and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a character from the "Classical Era" or "Greek Mythology" tabs to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the text boxes for Traits, Location, Role in Epic, and For/Against Protagonist and Why.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/3] Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/8] Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/9] Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Character Map Template
Create a character map of the characters in the story. Put the character's name in the title boxes and choose a character and scene to represent each one. As you read, take notes on the characters by answering the questions.
33 Points
25 Points
17 Points
Character Picture & Scene
The characters and scenes are both appropriate for the book's characters.
Many of the characters and scenes match the book's characters.
More than half of the characters and scenes do not match the characters in the book.
Accuracy of Notes
Most of the information of the notes is correct.
Many of the notes have correct information, but some are incorrect or missing.
Less than half of the information of the notes is correct and relevant.
Work is complete, thorough, and neat.
Most of the sections of the character map were at least attempted and work is presentable.
Character map is unfinished and/or disorganized.

How To Organize Information on Infographics


Set Your Message Clear

Decide what key point or takeaway you want to make with your infographic. This will act as the overarching organizing concept for the information.


Choose Important Points

Focus on the information or points that best support your argument. Focus on the important information rather than adding too many details to the infographic.


Organise Information Flow

Establish a coherent informational flow. Use a top-to-bottom or left-to-right organization strategy for your content to reflect the language of your audience.


Use of Symbols and icons

Use icons and symbols to help your audience understand complicated ideas more quickly. Icons and symbols can graphically represent concepts. Keep them in mind as you use the infographic.


Group Similar Details

Assemble information that is related. Create distinct section boundaries by using visual signals like boxes, lines, or whitespace.


Conduct a Readability Test

Before publishing your infographic, show it to others to make sure the material is organized well and is simple to comprehend.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Odyssey Infographic

What is an Infographic and how can it be used to convey the message of “The Odyssey”?

A visual representation of information called an infographic uses text, graphics, charts, and graphs to portray complicated facts, concepts, or ideas in a clear and interesting way. It seeks to make the material more understandable and simpler to remember. This activity can be used to convert complex ideas from The Odyssey into simple ones for students.

What comprises an infographic's essential components?

The main elements in an infographic are: Title and Heading: The title sums up the key idea, while the headers direct readers to the various sections, Visuals: Pictures, drawings, icons, and graphs give information a visual context and make it easier to understand, Charts and graphs: These graphical data representations can make patterns and comparisons easier to understand, Labels and Captions: Labels on graphs and charts describe the data points, while captions give context to the visuals, Icons: Icons assist convey ideas quickly by symbolizing thoughts or objects, Data: The infographic's thesis is supported with precise and attractive data.

How can I keep my design cohesive in the infographic?

The secret to a professional infographic is consistency. Consistently use the same fonts, colors, and design components. This gives everything a cohesive, polished design that improves readability and brand identity.

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