Anna of Byzantium Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Increase student understanding for the novel 'Anna of Byzantium' with this lesson plan. A text lesson helps students apply comprehension skills before, during and after reading. Activities and a quiz make concepts stick.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize Anna of Byzantium by Tracey Barrett
  • analyze character development in Anna of Byzantium


40 minute -1 hour lesson plans for before, during and after reading


  • Copies of the text Anna of Byzantium by Tracey Barrett, one for each student
  • Copies of the lesson Anna of Byzantium: Summary & Quotes, one for each student
  • Maps of the Byzantine Empire
  • Index cards
  • Tag board

Key Vocabulary

  • Historical fiction
  • First Crusade
  • Anna Comnenus
  • Byzantine Empire
  • Comnena
  • Ducas
  • Dalassena

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1

Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3

Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.9

Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.

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