Greek Mythology: The Iliad, Day 1

Goals for the Week:

  1. Understand the mythology of the Trojan War.
  2. Understand the plot and characters of Homer’s Iliad.
  3. Complete the Iliad Character Research Prompt.

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Complete a Nearpod lesson on the Trojan War
  2. Choose and listen to one episode of Trojan War: The Podcast (episode 1-10).
  3. Understand and start thinking about this week’s assignment.

Your assignment for this week!

This week you will:

Today’s Lesson!


  • ELAGSE9-10RL9 Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).

Learning Target: 

I can analyze the mythology of the Trojan War by listening to a podcast and doing my own research so that I can understand what happens in Homer’s Iliad.


This Nearpod lesson is a very simple summary of the Trojan War. It might be a review from a World History class, but it’s some really good basic background info!

Work Session: 

Today we’re learning the backstory behind The Iliad, the story of the Trojan War that leads up to the famous poem.

Fast Facts:

  • The Trojan War lasted over ten years.
  • The Iliad picks up in year 9.
  • The hero of The Iliad is a dude named Achilles (pronounced “ah-kill-ees”)
  • To understand The Iliad, you need to know some of the events that lead up to the Trojan War.

Under normal circumstances, we would spend two whole days just talking about the stories behind the Trojan War, and then discussing all these things in depth and how they preceded the conflict in The Iliad. But these aren’t normal circumstances, so instead, you’re getting the short version!

Task: Listen to an episode of Trojan War: The Podcast by Jeff Wright. Head over to and browse through the episodes. You can read a short description of each episode, as well as a description of the commentary and the running time. Choose ONE episode from episodes 1-10 and listen to the whole thing. The entire podcast is 23 hours long, so you can listen to it if it interests you, but today I’m just asking for ONE episode.

Closing Session:

After listening to your podcast episode, message your teacher over Remind and tell them which episode you listened to and if you liked it!

Then, let’s preview this week’s assignment. You’re going to be choosing a character and researching their role in the war, then filling in a chart with what you learned.

Make sure you know what’s expected of you this week for your assignment, read over the character choices, and message your teacher if you have any questions.

PS – we will have a ZOOM MEETING on Thursday at 11am! This is optional, but we are looking forward to seeing your smiling face on the camera, so please try to come!

Looking Ahead: Tomorrow’s Checklist

  1. Understand the plot of Homer’s Iliad
  2. Understand the character of Achilles and his motivations
  3. Begin to grapple with the language of Homer

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