Ch 12: Ancient Literature for 9th Grade Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Ancient Literature for 9th Grade chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the classic texts 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 9th 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 storyline of the epic poem, Sumerian civilization, including its literary achievements
Tuesday Greek epics: The Iliad and The Odyssey Summaries of these two Greek epic poems; the origin and evolution of this form of literature, Greek culture, common themes in epic poetry
Wednesday The Argonautica and The Aeneid The plots of two classic works of literature, similarities among The Argonautica and The Aeneid, and other epic poetry
Thursday Greek mythology and religion Primary figures and events in Greek mythology, including gods and their relationships with humankind, and Greek mythology's comparison to religion
Friday The Bible and literature The influence of the Bible over writers and their works, writers' allusions to the Bible

7 Lessons in Chapter 12: Ancient Literature for 9th Grade Lesson Plans
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Greek Myth and Religion

1. 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 Aeneid by Virgil

2. 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.

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

3. 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 Bible as Literary Influence: References and Allusion

4. 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.

The Epic of Gilgamesh

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

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