Homeric Poem assignment

Narrative Poem: A poem that tells a story. The Odyssey, while an epic, is also a narrative poem.

Assignment: Using your prior knowledge about a hero (real, movie, comic book, etc.), tell the story of the hero’s origin or of a great battle with one of the hero’s main adversaries.


¨Tells a story of one specific event in the hero’s life

¨Is formatted like a poem, with a clear and consistent rhyme scheme

¨Consists of at least 20 lines

¨Final draft is typed and pays attention to spacing/use of stanzas

See the following rubric:

Indicator/Point Value


Instructor Comments

Indicator: Poem focuses on epic poem content.

Point Value: 35

  • Poem reflects one specific event in the hero’s life
  • Poem contains all elements necessary in a narrative poem including character, setting, conflict, and plot.
  • Poem contains rising action, a climax, and falling action

Indicator: Poem contains poetic elements.

Point Value: 35

  • Poem is at least 20 lines
  • Poem is formatted appropriately for poetry
  • Final draft contains at least 3 separate stanzas
  • Poetic elements of rhythm, rhyme, compact language, and attention to sound are present.

Indicator: Poem maintains correct formatting.

Point Value: 15

  • 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font
  • One inch margins

Indicator: Poem demonstrates correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Point Value: 15

  • Poem is free of spelling or word use errors.
  • All proper nouns and the beginnings of sentences are capitalized appropriately.
  • All other standard English grammar, punctuation, and spelling are followed.