Aeneid Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan will help your students appreciate the Aeneid as well as its connection to the Odyssey and Iliad using a discussion, quiz, activity, and extension.

Learning Objectives

Using this lesson plan's video lesson, discussion, quiz, activity, and extension, your students should be able to:

  • Name the author who wrote the Aeneid and why
  • Summarize the most important parts and concepts of the Aeneid
  • Re-create this epic on their own
  • Describe the Aeneid's various connections to the Odyssey and Iliad


45-90 minutes without the activity and extension


  • Excerpts of the Aeneid's text or an audiobook thereof

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)


Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare and one play by an American dramatist.)


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


Warm Up

  • Ask your students the following:
    • Have you ever heard of the Odyssey and the Iliad?
    • Who was Virgil?


  • Play the following video for the class:
  • After watching the video, lead a class discussion using the following suggested questions and topics:
    • What is the Aeneid?
    • Who was Virgil?
    • Why did Virgil write this epic?
    • Mini-activity: assuming your students haven't read any part of the Aeneid, pass out various excerpts from the text and read and analyze it together as a class. An alternative is to play parts of an audiobook of the Aeneid.
    • Compare/contrast the Aeneid to the Iliad and Odyssey using various excerpts from each epic.


  • Students should take the lesson quiz
  • Go over all of the questions and answers as a class

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