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Living History through Literature: Black Ships Before Troy

LHTL: Black Ships Before Troy is a fabulous way to learn history in an engaging, enjoyable format. You will learn about Ancient Greece through the protagonist of our story and share that knowledge with a fun project of your choice.

Total Classes: 6

Duration: 45 minutes

Prerequisite: No class prerequisite. Your student will need Powerpoint or Google Slides to work on the Final Project. 

Suggested Grade Level: 5th to 9th grade

Suggested Credit: 1/2 semester History or Literature


Living History Through Literature is a project-based course series offered to 5th through 8th grade students. These courses will weave the study of literature into a meaningful and engaging encounter with a specific era of history. In LHTL: Modern History 2, we read a narrative version of the epic poem, The Iliad. This is a middle school friendly, excellent adaptation of Homer.

Students will study the historical context of the novel and participate in engaging literature discussions. In this project-based course, students will engage in short quizzes and in projects of their choice. Project options will include fiction writing, preparing period-specific food and/or costumes, creating classic art remakes, recreating scenes from the novel (Legos, clay, K’nex, digital drawing, hand-drawing, etc.), building a timeline, mapping, and more.


Class 1: Overview of Historical Context and Novel Introduction

Class 2: Literature Discussion; Project Introduction

Class 3: Literature Discussion; Cultural Overview

Class 4: Literature Discussion; Fiction Writing Tips

Class 5: Literature Discussion; Final Project Instructions

Class 6 Literature Analysis and Historical Connections; Student Project Showcase

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliffe, ISBN-10# 0553494821 or ISBN-13# 978-0553494822. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document (this can be done free online – let us know if you need assistance).

Homework: Weekly quizzes and reading assignments. Each week, students will work on one project-based assignment that will culminate in a final novel project submission. Homework (including novel reading) will take 1.5-3 hours per week. Parents are encouraged to support younger students by reading texts aloud and helping with project planning and execution.

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