Eagle of the Ninth, The - Study Guide

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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

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In second-century A.D. Europe, Marcus, the Cohort Commander of the Roman 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 English/Language Arts curriculum provides your Middle School grade student with:

About the Author: Get to know the author behind the story, Rosemary Sutcliff.
Increase your mastery of words by studying the language used throughout the novel, completing diverse activities 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:
Discuss the deeper moral and character lessons presented in the story, such as addressing worries, the idea 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: Choose from a range of extra-curricular activities and writing assignements covering subjects 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!

Features and Benefits of a Progeny Press ELA study guide

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on Middle School student's eyes
  • Every question in our novel unit study has plenty of whitespace for middle school level student answers
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
  • Easily transports without the need for a laptop or other expensive equipment
  • Provides a permanent record of the middle school student’s work
  • Complete, removable answer key included for the teacher to make grading simple!

CD Format

  • Contains the complete study guide in universally compatible PDF format (works on Mac AND Windows)
  • No costly software purchases necessary
  • PDf files open in the FREE Adobe Reader program.
    Note: Mobile devices may require an alternative app that supports and saves fillable form fields and interactive features.
  • Upgraded, fillable form fields allow the student the opportunity to complete their work on the computer, saving you printing costs
  • Conveniently print what you need, when you need it:
    • Print the whole ELA study guide at once
    • Print single literature lessons or pages as the student completes them
    • Print multiple copies of the entire curriculum study guide for classroom sets
  • PDF format makes it easy to use with multiple students
  • 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
Workbook ISBN: