Cause and Effect Lesson
Direct Instruction Lesson: Modern Rewrite
Read part 1
Prezi Odyssey Review Lesson
Read part 2
Cooperative Learning Lesson:
Radio Show Drama
Extra time for reading, projects, testing, or movie
Content Area Standards
9-10.RL.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
9-10.RL.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.
9-10.RL.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.
9-10.RL.4 Determine the meaning of words and
phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a
formal or informal tone).
9-10.RL.5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel
plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
9-10.RL.6 Analyze a particular point of view or
cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
9-10.RL.7 Analyze the representation of a subject
or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus).
9-10.RL.9 Analyze how an author draws on and
transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).
Writing: 9-10.W.1, 9-10.W.2, 9-10.W.4,
Speaking and Listening: 9-10.SL.1, 9-10.SL.2, 9-10.SL.3, 9-10.SL.4, 9-10.SL.5,
HS.TT.1.1 Use appropriate technology tools and
other resources to access information (multi-database search
engines, online primary resources, virtual interviews with
HS.TT.1.2 Use appropriate technology tools and
other resources to organize information (e.g. online note-taking
tools, collaborative wikis).
HS.TT.1.3 Use appropriate technology tools and
other resources to design products to share information with others
(e.g. multimedia presentations, Web 2.0 tools,
graphics,podcasts, and audio
Goal 1: Students will gain understanding of epic plot, archetype, and themes through researching other epic plots and comparing them to “They Odyssey.”
Goal 2: Students will understand how an epic hero is different, from a normal character and the concept of one
Goal 3: Students will understand and analyze character conflict (by creating a mock radio show).
Goal 4: Students will understand cause and effect within plot, (exemplify with cause effect time line).
Goal 5: Students will understand main concepts, conflicts, and themes to be common in different cultures and time periods, even today.
Goal 6: Students will use writing, technology, and art to express their opinions.
1.) When given the definition of an epic poem (or plot) the student will be able to find another story/movie with the same type of plot, themes, and archetypes, and be able to
explain the connection. Must get a 90% on the rubric.
2.) The student will be able to define an epic hero and how Odysseus is an epic hero. Must answer all three questions on assessment correctly.
3.) Students will connect to art. Must find or create a picture of an epic hero and explain why they are “hero-like”. Must have five sentences of explanation.
4.) Given a conflict from The Odyssey, In groups the students will prepare a script for a main caller to a radio show, they will also prepare comments from the listening
audience, they will act this out in the group, they may be asked to present. Must get at least 80 % proficiency on rubric.
5.) Given The Odyssey the students will construct a time line of cause and effect events. Must get at least 80% on the rubric.
6.) In groups students will use characters and main conflicts from The Odyssey and update them so that they fit in today’s modern society. Must achieve at least 90% on rubric.
7.) Must provide a rewritten (scene or less detailed complete) version of The Odyssey. They must reasonably
explain connections when presenting to the class. This can be written in summary, song, play format, or story board. Must receive at least 90% on rubric.
1.) Epic ThemesRubric: (15 points)
4: great 3: good, lacking elaboration 2: missing information, explanation, connection 1: unsatisfactory, 0: not included.
reasonable movie: 2 points
sequenced events and obstacles: 4 points
explanation of events and what character learns: 4 points
connection/explanation of themes: 4 points
creativity: poster, timeline, book: 1 point
2.) 3 question quiz Epic Hero: (3 points)
-What is considered a hero in our culture? Give an example.
Answer: someone who saves lives, helps out society.
-What is an epic hero?
Answer: a hero that faces extreme circumstances and
challenges. Superhuman abilities, faces supernatural.
-How is Odysseus an epic hero?
Answer:Monsters, wars, sirens, impossible situations, many, long; all of the situations we discuss.
3.) Students will connect to art. Must find or create a picture of an epic hero and explain why they are “hero-like”. Must have five sentences of explanation. 1 point for each sentence. (5 points)
4.) Radio show: present, turn in, rubric. (5 points)
1 point for main caller and conflict
2 point for 2 or more callers
2 points for accurate facts (roles, motivations, feelings)
1 point (extra) for creativity (naming radio
show/comments/etc.) or acting it out
5.) Present timeline, rubric: (10 points)
3 points possible for 3 causes
3 points possible for 3 effects
3 points possible for correct facts/dates/names
1 point for neatness and clarity
6/7.) Students will have to explain the plot, characters, and conflicts, as well as how they identify with modern versions.
Rubric: 6 points total
2 points for characters (1 for character, 1 modern representation/modification),
4 points for plot (2 for points for all main parts, 2 points for modern representation/modification)