Scoring Guide, English 9, 55 points, Major Work
Imagine what it would be like to travel with Odysseus. Create an interesting character with a strong and
unique perspective, and although the time period is before writing, imagine you can write and create a
diary, journal or series of letters documenting your journey.
Your journal must include:
Seven written entries of approximately two thirds of a page each that demonstrate your perspective
of the journey’s events. The story of The Odyssey cannot be changed, but should be seen with your
character’s viewpoint and opinions. For example, maybe your character sees an event that Odysseus
was not there to see.
First Entry should establish your character by creatively and smoothly revealing your
identity, your life during the Trojan War and your reaction to the fall of Troy.
Remaining Entries should focus on your character’s role, perspective and opinions during
seven different events of The Odyssey.
You should have three artifacts to document the events you write about. These could be things
(shells, fabric, etc) or drawings/maps of what you have seen. Make sure your artifacts show
something accurate about the event and add information about your perspective of the event. Each
artifact should be explained as part of an entry and attached with the related entry.
A creative format for your journal that gives it a flavor of the time period and your character.
Do not buy materials for the visual entries or journal, but creatively use things you find around
your house. Remember your writing is worth the most points, so don’t spend a lot of your time
Most importantly, your journal must reflect the deeper personal significance of these events on
your character. The events of The Odyssey force Odysseus to confront difficult issues about
being a leader, father, son and person. As part of the journal, your character must reflect on the
importance of these events and explain what he or she is learning from them.
Category Below Standard Approaching Standard Meets Standard Above Standard
Ideas & Many inaccuracies or Minor inaccuracies or 7 events are accurate with 7 or more events are
Content very general or fewer lacks detail only 5 events some detail accurate with detail and
(writing) than 5 Evidence of learning, but Insights from learning but added events
15 pts Little or no evidence of may be superficial or brief may not be very deep or Smoothly deals with deep
personal learning smooth insights within entries
Voice Character is Appropriate character is Appropriate character Creative and appropriate
(writing) inappropriate or attempted but is voice with consistent character with strong
15 pts inconsistent inconsistent or bland point of view opinions and viewpoint
Language is often Language is usually clear, Attempts language to Uses language effectively
unclear or confusing but not unique to a show character to create strong character
Artifacts Unrelated to events, Artifacts lack care or are Neat artifacts show effort Creative artifacts show
15pts messy or lacking unrelated to events and are related to entries great effort and are
related to entries
Conven- Messy, rushed or shows Legible but little attempt at Neatly attempts to create Creative authenticity
tions lack of care authenticity authenticity Few or no convention
10 pts Many distracting errors Some distracting errors Minor convention errors errors