The Iliad Literature Unit

Hi friends, I have a new elementary level literature unit for you! Today’s release is the new literature unit for The Iliad, a classic story written by Homer. The literature unit comes with chapter by chapter comprehension questions as well as a teacher answer key for each chapter along with lapbook units and several reports.


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Story Summary:

The Trojan War has been raging for almost ten years. The Achaeans are seeking revenge against the Trojans, and there is no end in sight. Making matters worse, two great Achaeans, King Agamemnon, and the admired general, Achilles are in a feud. The gods and goddesses join in the war dividing their loyalties between both sides of the battle. As The Iliad unfolds, neither the fates of the immortals, nor the humans, will remain untouched by the brutal Trojan War.

This unit was written to accompany the Classic Starts version of The Iliad as retold from the Homer original. The Classic Start versions are a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student.

Note: I have had several questions on using my units with original versions of the books. My lapbook chapters and questions correlate directly with the Classic Starts editions. The originals will have different chapter counts and so they probably won’t match up as well. But with a little finagling I think you should be able to complete the units using any version you choose.

This unit is recommended for ages 8-11.



–> Get The Iliad Literature Unit here! <–


Check out my Video of The Iliad Literature Unit here!

Supplies Needed:

There is a supply list in the teacher’s manual for each of my literature units. This unit was written to accompany the Classic Starts version of The Iliad as retold from the Homer original. You will need to get a copy of this book online or from the local library.




What’s included in the Unit Study?

Each unit includes everything you need to complete the lapbook with the exception of the book itself and the file folders. I typically let my students cut out their mini-books, color them, and then add them to the lapbook as we go through each chapter. However if you have younger students you may wish to prepare their lapbook ahead of time with all of the blank mini-books already in place. Then they can color the mini-book as they get to it in the reading.



The download includes a teacher’s manual with the daily reading assignments, along with the comprehension questions and answers for each chapter. This makes it much easier for you to help your students even if you haven’t read the book yourself!



This particular book has a Prologue and 18 chapters with accompanying lapbooking pages and reading comprehension questions. There is also a vocabulary activity full of terms to learn throughout the story.


As you read through the book, each chapter has a mini-book with comprehension questions for your student to complete. Once completed your student can add that mini-book to their lapbook.


There is also one mini-book for each chapter in the book. Inside your student will answer a comprehension question that relates directly to the chapter they’ve just read. Some assignments include completing the mini-reports. But you can exclude those if you are using this unit with younger readers.


On the backside of the lapbook, we added a pocket where we store the reports and story timeline.



What age is this unit recommended for?

I normally recommend my literature units for elementary level readers grades 1-5. You can assign them out individually to your student so they read on their own, then complete the mini-book assignment for each chapter. There are writing assignments for each chapter as your students answer comprehension questions from the reading. So you’ll just want to make sure they’re comfortable writing.

Or you can read it together as a group if you have younger readers, then have them complete the mini-book assignments when you’re done with each chapter.


How long does the literature unit take?

That really depends on your child’s reading speed, and how many chapters there are in the book! And how fast your child reads through the chapters as well.

Each one varies in length, and you can easily modify these units to fit your schedule. So for example, you can assign one chapter per day plus the associated mini-book assignments, or you can have them do 2-3/week. It’s totally up to you, your schedule, and your student.


For older students:

This unit includes 5 reports that your students can complete. If you have older readers, have them do these reports to make the unit a bit more challenging. If you have younger readers, you might prefer to ask the questions verbally so they aren’t having to write a report, or skip them all together. It’s totally up to you!


The reports include:

  • Story Facts (Setting, Main Plot, Main Characters)
  • Protagonist vs. Antagonist
  • Prediction Sheet
  • My Book Report
  • Book vs. Movie
  • Storyboard timeline


–> Get The Iliad Literature Unit here! <–



NOTE: Personal Use Download. This item is for personal use only. You may use it for your own children as needed. If you are using the curriculum in a multiple-family co-op group or a school class, you will need to purchase the Classroom/co-op version of the curriculum.


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