Eagle of the Ninth, The - E-Guide

Progeny Press

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Grade Range: 7-9

Setting: Roman Britain, 125 AD

Genre: British Literature, Historical Literature

Page Count: 60 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 9 weeks



In the early second-century A.D., Marcus, the Roman Cohort Commander of the Second Legion, along with his best friend and former slave, Esca, begins a quest deep into the northern highlands of Britain and Scotland.
Determined to recover the lost eagle standard of his father's lost Ninth Legion and redeem his family's honor, Marcus also seeks to discover his father's fate and that of the men who mysteriously disappeared under his command. Desperate battles are followed by heart-stopping pursuit as they flee with the recovered eagle standard.  Travel with Marcus as he demonstrates the true meaning of freedom, friendship, and honor.

Progeny Press' Eagle of the Ninth English/Language Arts PDF curriculum provides your Middle School grade student with:

About the Author: Get to know the author behind the story, Rosemary Sutcliff.
Vocabulary: Enhance your understanding of words used throughout the novel, using a variety of activities designed to encourage retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Study literary techniques used in the book including placing words in context, identifying hyperbole, recognizing foreshadowing, understanding allusions, grasping metaphors, exploring synonyms and antonyms, appreciating similes, seeing the value in cliffhangers, pondering ambiguity, utilizing mood, examining cause and effect, appreciating imagery, embarking on a quest, interpreting symbols, comparing and contrasting, observing juxtaposition, delving into anthropomorphism, exploring alliteration, consonance, and assonance, understanding character motivations, following plot structures, recognizing conflicts, understanding full-circle endings, identifying themes, understanding parallel characters, noticing motifs, and exploring Chekhov's gun principle.
Moral Lessons and Character Values:  Reflect on meaningful moral lessons and character values presented in the narrative, such as addressing worries, the notion of sacrifice, heroism, examining pride and self-worth, the significance of work, embracing the concept of loving our enemies, valuing honor and hospitality, learning patience and perseverance, dealing with fear and the future, navigating failure, and finding contentment
Activities and Writing Assignments: Engage in a wide range of activities and writing assignements covering topics like Ancient Rome and geography, participate in class discussions, conduct an interview, study relevant history, enjoy games, understand aesthetic distance, crafting a eulogy, and writing a letter to the editor.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We provide a varied reading list that includes more works by Rosemary Sutcliff and other books that relate to or share similarities with The Eagle of the Ninth.

All of Progeny Press' language arts unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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  • Complete answer key PDF file included for the teacher to make grading simple!

Formatted with your Middle School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refine their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

Book Awards:
Carnegie Medal winning author   •   ALA Notable Children's Books   •   American Library Association Notable Children's Books

Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
Ancient Rome and Britain, 125 AD
British Literature, Historical Literature
Study Guide Page Count:
70 pages
Study Guide Author:
Rebecca Gilleland
For the Book By:
Rosemary Sutcliff

Warranty Information

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    1 Reviews

  • Posted by Lina B. on 12th May 2015


    I was very pleased

    I was very pleased with the quality of this study guide. I loved the integration of vocabulary, literature skills, questions about the story on different levels, and Biblical principles and character qualities. This is one of my all time favorite novels, and I was thrilled to see such a thoughtful, challenging, Christian resource. Well done; I'm enjoying using it in my classroom.