Epic Poetry Lesson Plan

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

Jason has 20 years of education experience including 14 years of teaching college literature.

Teach your students about epic poetry using this lesson plan, which uses a video lesson to introduce them to the concept and two major epic poems, then cements the concepts with a creative writing activity. Check for understanding with a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define epic poetry.
  • summarize the plots of two epic poems.
  • explain the importance of epic poetry.

Length

Approximately 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.6

Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

Materials

  • Cards displaying major events from The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Iliad
    • Use important plot points from each epic poem; for example, ''Utanapishtim reveals that the great flood was caused by an angry god'' or ''They dragged Hector's body around to show their contempt.''
    • Use the plot points for the epics given in the lesson Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories.)

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