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Ch 9: Ancient Literature for 10th Grade Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Ancient Literature for 10th Grade chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach your students about ancient literary works in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Ancient Literature for 10th Grade chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday 'The Epic of Gilgamesh';
'The Iliad': Greek Epic
A synopsis of the most ancient long poem;
A look at the divine law, Xenia, and the characters of 'The Iliad'
Tuesday 'The Odyssey': Greek Epic;
'The Argonautica' Plot Synopsis: 'The Myth of Jason and the Argonauts'
A summary of the adventures of Odysseus;
A description of the plot and characters of 'The Argonautica'
Wednesday 'The Aeneid' by Virgil An analysis of the epic poem by the Roman poet
Thursday Greek Myth and Religion An examination of modern and Greek religion as well as a study of the Titans and the Olympians
Friday The Bible as Literary Influence: References and Allusion A look at the ways in which the Bible affected the writings of other authors

8 Lessons in Chapter 9: Ancient Literature for 10th Grade Lesson Plans
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The Epic of Gilgamesh

1. The Epic of Gilgamesh

Witness the Epic of Gilgamesh, a story of adventure, love and friendship. This long poem will help us examine the hallmarks of civilization for a Sumerian and the importance of dreams. We'll also cover the Sumerian contributions to the epic form of literature.

The Iliad: Greek Epic

2. The Iliad: Greek Epic

This lecture traces the history of Greek epics. It then examines the central themes of 'The Iliad': Xenia, Achilles' wrath, and his quest for immortality. The plot of 'The Iliad' is summarized and attention is drawn to themes from the Sumerian tradition.

The Odyssey: Greek Epic

3. The Odyssey: Greek Epic

This lecture provides a rough outline of the exploits of Odysseus in Homer's epic poem ''The Odyssey''. You'll learn plot details about this epic poem, in addition to hearing about how this important tale relates to Greek culture and literary works throughout history.

The Argonautica Plot Synopsis: The Myth of Jason and the Argonauts

4. The Argonautica Plot Synopsis: The Myth of Jason and the Argonauts

This lesson offers a complete plot synopsis of 'The Argonautica' by Apollonius of Rhodes. Discover the main characters of this romantic twist of a classic Greek myth and learn the similarities between this and 'The Odyssey.'

The Aeneid by Virgil

5. The Aeneid by Virgil

This lesson explores Virgil's 'Aeneid'. It consists of a brief plot synopsis. We stop along the way to look at a few important scenes and offer analysis where necessary.

Greek Myth and Religion

6. Greek Myth and Religion

This lecture examines the troubles of generalizing Greek religion, before doing just that. It lists the major Olympian gods and their roles. It then explores the function of heroes in Greek religion. Next, the relationship between gods and men is laid out. Finally, it explores aspects of Greek myth that reemerge in Christianity.

The Bible as Literary Influence: References and Allusion

7. The Bible as Literary Influence: References and Allusion

In this lesson, we'll consider the ways that many writers were influenced by various aspects of the Bible, both in the past and the present. We'll look at the way the Bible influences the stories and languages of writers and some allusions that authors make to the Bible.

Anti-Hero: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

8. Anti-Hero: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

In this lesson, we'll examine one of the most complicated protagonists that appears in literature, film, and television. The antihero isn't your typical hero for a variety of reasons.

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