Activity Overview

A fun way for students to express their understanding of a story, its themes, and main characters, is to create a movie poster. As students read The Odyssey, they may have a favorite stop on his journey or perhaps they enjoyed the entire story. Have students create a movie poster, complete with a title, casting, and an image that conveys important information from the story.

To make this a class assignment, consider giving each student one of the stops on the journey to create a poster for. When students complete their posters, they can be printed out and hung in the classroom in the order of each stop! Students may also like to create travel posters instead of a movie poster - this can be used as an alternative to the main assignment.

For additional templates to add to this assignment, check out our movie poster templates!

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a movie poster that evokes the theme, story, and other relevant information about The Odyssey.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Create an image for your movie poster using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  3. Add any additional information, like a tagline, actors, directors, etc.
  4. Save and exit when you're done.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically


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

Movie Poster
Pretend that your book is being made into a blockbuster movie! Create a Movie Poster that showcases the setting, character and a chosen scene or overarching theme of the story. Include the title and author of the book as well as a catchy slogan and a "critic's review" informing the audience why they should go to see the movie and briefly describing the story.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Includes Title, Author, catchy slogan and a 1-3 sentence critic's review that accurately describes the story and why people should go to see the movie.
Missing one element of text.
Missing two or more elements of text.
Illustrations depict a scene or theme of the story with clear visuals including an appropriate scene, character, items, etc.
Illustrations depict a scene or theme from the story but are unclear or incomplete.
Illustrations do not depict a scene or theme from the story.

How To Come Up With a Tagline For the Movie Poster


Understand the Story

Before working on the tagline, teachers should ensure that students are completely aware of and understand each and every part of the story. It is better to eradicate any confusion beforehand so the students can work on this activity without any disruptions.


Go Through Examples

Teachers can encourage students to go through some examples of taglines within the class and brainstorm some ideas. These examples can be of any famous movie, book, or a brand. Students can analyze which part of the story the tagline represents the most and what kind of vocabulary has been used.


Use Wordplay

While brainstorming, teachers can introduce puns and interesting phrases and explain how they can be used to cover the entire story in one interesting line.


Focus on Unique Features

Consider what distinguishes the movie. Is there a distinctive twist, an unexpected component, or a particular character that makes it stand out? Making these points clear might add interest to the phrase.


Identify with the Audience

Consider the movie's intended audience. What would be appealing to them? Make the slogan relevant to the target audience in order to establish a connection. A few examples of some famous taglines are, “You’ll believe a man can fly” (Superman) and "The adventure of a lifetime, in a world beyond imagination" (Avatar).

Frequently Asked Questions About Creating a Movie Poster for The Odyssey

What sort of details should be included on the movie poster?

The title, slogan, photographs of significant characters, situations, or symbols from the epic, as well as maybe a background that symbolizes the story's setting or themes, should all be included on a "The Odyssey" movie poster.

How do I pick the best pictures for the poster?

Choose pictures that best represent "The Odyssey," including voyage scenes, run-ins with legendary monsters, and heroic deeds. Pick pictures that stand out artistically and convey the concepts of the epic.

Is it possible to use symbolism in the poster design?

It is absolutely possible to use symbolism in the poster design. Think about including figurative elements that symbolize themes or concepts from the epic. For instance, a ship could stand in for the journey, an eye for insight, or a helmet for valor.

How can I make my poster visually appealing to the audience?

Keep composition and balance in mind. Make a focal point to catch visitors' attention by strategically placing items according to the rule of thirds. To create a harmonious design, experiment with contrast, alignment, and negative space. You can also take help from other famous movie posters can try to find out what the audience likes the most.

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