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.
Through Rosemary Sutcliff's thrilling Roman novel, students will learn:
About the Author: Learn about Rosemary Sutcliff.
Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: In context, hyperbole, foreshadowing, allusion, metaphor, synonym, antonym, simile, cliffhanger, ambiguity, mood, cause and effect, imagery, quest, symbol, compare and contrast, juxtaposition, anthropomorphism alliteration, consonance, assonance, motivation, characterization, plot structure, conflict, full-circle ending, theme, parallel character, motif, Chekhov's gun.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Worry, sacrifice, heroism, pride, self-worth, work, love our enemies, honor, hospitality, patience, perseverance, fear, future, failure, contentment.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Ancient Rome, geography, class discussions, interview, history, games, aesthetic distance, eulogy, letter to the editor.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff.
All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!
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.