Ancient Greece: Trojan War linked to The Iliad Poetry

Ancient Greece: Trojan War linked to The Iliad Poetry

A teaching resource provided by Laura Knight.

Resource Description

Planned and tested on a Year 5 class studying Ancient Greece in a topical approach to learning. Using The Trojan War and an extract of Homer's poem, 'The Iliad' to teach Ancient Greek history but also poetry and newspaper report writing.
Start the unit by setting the scene historically and introducing Homer, then use this historical setting to teach high level vocabulary and figurative language through poetry. Acting out and sketching the scene from the poem, in order to plan and write a class version, then a partnered or independent one. Remember to build key features of poetry writing to act as a success criteria and marking ladder to support writing.
After the poetry unit, all the factual information gleaned from the historical work done can be transformed into a newspaper report, still using the high level vocabulary learnt from the poetry unit. Introduce the key features of newspaper report writing, study an excellent example from the resources and get the pupils to write a class one, then their own piece.

Resource Files

There are 5 files for this resource.

File Name File Type File Size
Homer narrative poetry pp.pptx
Microsoft Powerpoint 612KB
Iliiad story put into a newspaper template.doc
Microsoft Word 156KB
Narrative poetry planning Summer term Ancient Greece the Iliad by Homer.doc
Microsoft Word 76KB
The Iliad poem by Homer and some examples written in the same form.docx
Microsoft Word 16KB
Trojan War newspaper report May 2016.doc
Microsoft Word 200KB

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New Primary National Curriculum

About the Author

Laura Knight
Laura Knight
Primary Teaching
After 15 years of Primary teaching in a lovely Cornish village school, I am now supply teaching! Over the years, I have taught the whole spectrum of classes and key-stages, gaining a wealth of experience, knowledge and of course, making an inordinate amount of resources from scratch for every conceivable topic studied over the years.

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