What are the stages in a hero’s journey?
Explain each stage.
Epic – a long narrative about the deeds of heroes or gods. It
can be in prose or poetry.
The Road of Trials
Remember: the ‘road of trials’ is the second stage in a hero’s
journey. This is where we see the trials (or tests) the hero must
This epic tells of the Greek warrior, Odysseus, and his nostos,
or journey home to Greece. The journey takes ten years,
which Odysseus and his men have many adventures. In this
excerpt, they venture into the cave of the Cyclops Polyphemus
and become trapped.
As you read the epic, take notes on the character of Odysseus
as you read.
Select six significant events from the story of Cyclops that
would be excellent visual representations (You are not drawing,
simply choose what would be a good visual). In the ‘my notes’
section sketch your ideas next to the appropriate section. This
activity will help prepare you for your second embedded
assessment where you’ll create a graphic novel.
What point of view is the story told?
Explain how the story might change if told from a different
point of view (another character)
Writing Prompt (grade)
Describe how Odysseus is a heroic figure. In your response,
use words from the Word Wall that describe heroic traits or
qualities. Include specific evidence from the text for support.
When completing the writing prompt, remember to follow the
restate, answer, and support strategy.
Homework if not completed in class