In this lesson, students will first learn the definition and literary use of epithets as Homer uses many epithets to characterize people, places, and things in The Odyssey.
Students will then answer a series of questions which focus on Homer’s famous epithets, such as “Versatile Odysseus” and “Faithful Penelope.” Students will use textual evidence to explain how the epithets characterize certain people or places in the epic poem.
Students will also identify the names of characters based on epithets given. Then, they will even create their own epithets for characters from The Odyssey.
Lastly, students will create a license plate illustration using an epithet they created themselves. They will explain their reasoning for choosing the descriptor they chose using textual evidence from the epic poem.
Answer key and editable copy included!
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