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Poetry in the Ancient World: Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary
Help your students understand and enjoy poetry written by ancient world authors by developing fun and engaging lessons using the teacher resources in this chapter. Access lesson plans that provide instructional guidance, homework ideas, learning objectives and other information you can use in your lessons. Accompanying the plans are short lessons you can share with students to deepen their knowledge of ancient world poetry. Topics covered in this chapter include:
- Mythology and poetry of Homer
- 'The Epic of Gilgamesh'
- 'The Aeneid' by Virgil
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- Curriculum standards: Ensures you're able to develop lesson plans that meet subject-specific curriculum standards
- Discussion topics: Offers discussion topics and questions you can use to probe your students and expand their knowledge
- Activities or games: Provides ideas for activities and games that can keep your students engaged while improving their comprehension
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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning ancient world poetry lessons easy.
- Find lesson plans for specific ancient world poetry topics you want to cover in class.
- Formulate your ancient world poetry class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
- Share the related ancient world poetry lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
- Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important ancient world poetry concepts from the lessons.
- Engage your students with relevant ancient world poetry-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.
1. Homer Lesson Plan
In this lesson plan, students will learn about the Greek poet Homer, his major works, and the mythology that shaped his culture. Students will read some background material then work together as part of a classroom text-searching competition.
2. Homer of Ancient Greece: Mythology & Poetry
This lesson will look at the famous Greek poet named Homer. We'll look at his work, the context in which he wrote it, and the things that scholars believe about him today.
3. Epic Hero Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to introduce your students to epic heroes. By watching an informative video lesson, reading excerpts from epic poems/stories and participating in creating and performing an epic skit, your students will learn the important concepts surrounding epic heroes and poems.
4. Epic Hero: Definition, Characteristics & Examples
In this lesson, we will explore the literary epic hero. We will learn the definition of the term, discuss some of the shared characteristics of this type of protagonist and go over some classic and popular examples of epic heroes.
5. Gilgamesh Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to increase students' understanding of the poem 'Gilgamesh.' With it, two video lessons will guide students through the epic, describing Gilgamesh and helping them to summarize and analyze text. Discussion questions and active learning reinforce key concepts and a quiz determines understanding.
6. Who Was Gilgamesh? - Hero, King & Character
Learn about Gilgamesh, a hero in an ancient Babylonian epic poem. Explore the world of this legendary hero and experience two of his amazing adventures.
7. 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.
8. Aeneid Lesson Plan
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.
9. 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.
10. The Iliad Activities
'The Iliad' is a text that offers ample opportunities to incorporate history and mythology into your classroom. While the text may be challenging, you can engage students in Homer's epic poem by using some of the ideas in this lesson.
11. The Odyssey Activities for High School
Reading 'The Odyssey' with high school students can be a really moving and formative experience. This lesson offers activities that will help you make the most of this reading experience with your students.
12. Gilgamesh Discussion Questions
As students tackle the 'Epic of Gilgamesh', they're sure to encounter some exciting adventures! These discussion questions will help guide meaningful conversations about this action-packed epic poem, its colorful characters, and its complex themes.
13. The Iliad Project Ideas
The following projects are intended to help students delve deeper into the Greek epic poem the ''Iliad'' and explore it from unique and distinct perspectives.
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