Read-Aloud Plays: The Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid

Three Classics Adapted Into Engaging Plays—
Plus Background and Activities—Just for Middle Schoolers

By Gwen Minor

Friendship, suffering, betrayal, adventure—themes that motivate middle schoolers to read—take center stage in three plays that capture the most widely read epics by Homer and Virgil. This resource has everything teachers need to introduce each classic story: a short play written for middle-school readers, background information, vocabulary, activities, and quizzes. Each play contains more than twenty speaking parts, giving all students an opportunity to participate.

At the Scholastic offices in London

                                                      Peter with his new book. Click for video.

Jaya’s Golden Necklace

by Peter Linenthal

Little Jaya lives along the Silk Road in the first century CE and uses the powers of Greek, Persian, and Indian gods to gain courage to deliver a statue of the Buddha to the Kushan King Kanishka. Through the beauty of ancient coins, this spirited Gandaran tale highlights the spread of religious and artistic ideas in Central Asia.

I worked on this book with Peter, a long-time friend and children’s book author/illustrator. We’ve worked together over many years, attending conferences and workshops together as this book was developing. Jaya truly is fearless and her interesting historical setting deserves its place beside the other great empires of the ancient world.


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