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.

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