Topic: As we read Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, we are looking at the parallels between the ancient Greek story of Odysseus and our own lives. The epic journey taken by Odysseus is representative of the journeys we all take in life



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Odyssey of Life

Reflective Essay



Topic: As we read Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, we are looking at the parallels between the ancient Greek story of Odysseus and our own lives. The epic journey taken by Odysseus is representative of the journeys we all take in life. Odysseus’s goal in The Odyssey is to return home. For your essay, think about a future goal you have for your life ahead. How will you get there? What will stand in your way? Who will help you? Your job in this essay is to describe the journey ahead of you in pursuit of your goal and compare it to events in The Odyssey.

Your Task: In a well-developed, typed, double-spaced essay, you will use THREE of the SIX choices below to compare your journey to reach your goal with Odysseus’s journey to return home. You will explore your thoughts about these events and explain how your “odyssey”, or journey towards your goal, can connect with Odysseus’s journey.

Think about your goal. In order to achieve it, what will be your:



  1. Cyclops – the dangers and obstacles you will encounter; tests of courage

  2. Sirens/Lotus Eaters/Calypso – your distractions and temptations, your “island of trouble”

  3. Poseidon – people/things that block or redirect your path

  4. Penelope – those who will remain loyal, faithful to you throughout your journey

  5. Athena – people who help and aid in your goals

  6. Returning home – reaching your mission/goal

You must choose 3 of the 6 options to discuss in your essay.

Guidelines:

Be sure to:

  • Introduction: Describe your goal. In a general statement describe how you intend to achieve your goal. How does your goal connect to Odysseus’s journey home?

  • Body Paragraphs (3): In each body paragraph, describe the obstacle/support from The Odyssey from above that you chose (1 for each paragraph). Then, connect that obstacle/support to your own goal with specific examples.

  • Conclusion: Wrap up your essay. Restate your goal and how you will achieve it.

  • Maintain a formal style of writing.

  • Follow the conventions of standard written English.

Odyssey of Life

Rubric


Category

Points Available

Points Earned

Introduction:

5




Body Paragraph #1

  • You described one of the 6 points from The Odyssey (obstacle/support) and described how that influenced the story.

  • You made a connection to your own journey to achieve your goal.

25




Body Paragraph #2

  • You described one of the 6 points from The Odyssey (obstacle/support) and described how that influenced the story.

  • You made a connection to your own journey to achieve your goal.

25




Body Paragraph #2

  • You described one of the 6 points from The Odyssey (obstacle/support) and described how that influenced the story.

  • You made a connection to your own journey to achieve your goal.

25




Conclusion

  • Wrap up – restate your goal and how it connects with Odysseus’s journey.

5




Conventions: The writer demonstrates a good grasp of standard writing conventions, with a focus on correct capitalization and punctuation usage. Errors tend to be few.

15




Odyssey of Life

Planning Page



Use the following page to plan your Odyssey of Life Reflection Essay. Brainstorm goals that you have pertaining to each category. What obstacles will you face in your journey to achieve these goals? What support (perhaps a person) will you have to help you along your way?

  • Academic Goal:



  • Obstacles



  • Support



  • Family Goal:



  • Obstacles



  • Support



  • Health/Athletic Goal:



  • Obstacles



  • Support



  • Extracurricular Goal:



  • Obstacles



  • Support



  • Goals after high school:



  • Obstacles



  • Support


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