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I've used this project and lesson plan in my British Literature poetry unit in lieu of having students read the original texts of important epic poems. It's a simple few-day assignment that involves small groups selecting a famous epic and researching certain important facts about the work and its legacy. I've chosen to do this because I think being knowledgable about famous epic poems is important for cultural literacy, but I find asking younger students to read these massive original texts a bit too taxing. The resource includes research criteria, a list of epic poems to choose from, and a basic rubric.
I also include this resource in my bundled "British Poetry Unit and Booklet" resource, so feel free to check that out!