Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1: "Frontier Fort")
This lesson introduces students to Rosemary Sutcliff’s 1954 historical adventure novel, The Eagle of the Ninth. Students will research the novel’s setting and will analyze its narrative style and protagonist. The Eagle of the Ninth is set in second century Roman Britain and follows the story of protagonist Marcus Flavius Aquila. In the novel’s Prologue, the author outlines her inspirations for the book. In Chapter 1: "Frontier Fort," the narrator introduces Marcus as the leader of the Auxiliary Cohort of the Second Roman Legion.
Research/Independent Activity: Take time in class to conduct research on author Rosemary Sutcliff and the publication of The Eagle of the Ninth. When was the novel published? How many other works has Jo Sutcliff written? What are common themes in the author’s work? What adaptations have been produced of the novel? Complete a 1-2 page paper based on...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.3, 9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.7, 9-10.8, 11-12.7, 11-12.8
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