The Iliad-- DOK4: Creative Projects

Grade Levels
9th - 10th
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When reading something as complicated as the Iliad, it's easy for us teachers just to get through it and give students comprehension questions. We justify it since it takes too long just to get them to understand it.

On the other hand, we can depend too much on sparknotes or other support to help them to read it. But the truth is, with the proper support, we can help them to get through it without all that.

Instead of comprehension questions, I ask them to create their own notes using post-its on who all the characters are, ask their own questions, and find the answers. The goal of the project is to recreate a book of the Iliad in groups in 3 ways: in a graphic novel, a short skit script, and to perform the skit in front of the classroom. The skills they will learn to create these are based on the Webbs DOK chart 4: to apply concepts, create and design their own drawn, written, and performed version of the Illiad.

If you would like a free version of one of our most successful lessons that teach students how to write a solid conclusion paragraph, click HERE.

Total Pages
10 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.


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