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GCE Classics

OCR Advanced GCE in Classics: H438

Unit CC10 (Entry Code F390): Virgil and the world of the hero

This Support Material booklet is designed to accompany the OCR Advanced GCE specification in Classics for teaching from September 2008.


Contents 2

Introduction 3

Background 3

Our Ethos 3

A Guided Tour through the Scheme of Work 4

Classical Civilisation H441: Virgil and the world of the hero F390 5

Classical Civilisation H441: Virgil and the world of the hero F390 10

Sample Lesson Plan: Classical Civilisation H441 13

Virgil and the world of the hero F390 13

Telling the story of the wooden horse and Aeneas’ defence of Troy 13

Learning objectives for the lesson 13

Recap of previous experience and prior knowledge 13

Content 13

Consolidation 14

Other forms of Support 15

OCR Training 15

Get Ready…introducing the new specifications 15

Get Started…towards successful delivery of the new specifications 15

Mill Wharf Training 15

e-Communities 15

Interchange 16

Published Resources 16



A new structure of assessment for A Level has been introduced, for first teaching from September 2008. Some of the changes include:

  • The introduction of stretch and challenge (including the new A* grade at A2) – to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to reach their full potential

  • The reduction or removal of coursework components for many qualifications – to lessen the volume of marking for teachers

  • A reduction in the number of units for many qualifications – to lessen the amount of assessment for learners

  • Amendments to the content of specifications – to ensure that content is up-to-date and relevant.

OCR has produced an overview document, which summarises the changes to Classics. This can be found at, along with the new specification.

In order to help you plan effectively for the implementation of the new specification we have produced this Scheme of Work and Sample Lesson Plan for Classics. These Support Materials are designed for guidance only and play a secondary role to the Specification.

Our Ethos

All our Support Materials were produced ‘by teachers for teachers’ in order to capture real life current teaching practices and they are based around OCR’s revised specifications. The aim is for the support materials to inspire teachers and facilitate different ideas and teaching practices.
Each Scheme of Work and set of sample Lesson Plans is provided in:

  • PDF format – for immediate use

  • Word format – so that you can use it as a foundation to build upon and amend the content to suit your teaching style and students’ needs.

The Scheme of Work and sample Lesson plans provide examples of how to teach this unit and the teaching hours are suggestions only. Some or all of it may be applicable to your teaching.

The Specification is the document on which assessment is based and specifies what content and skills need to be covered in delivering the course. At all times, therefore, this Support Material booklet should be read in conjunction with the Specification. If clarification on a particular point is sought then that clarification should be found in the Specification itself.

A Guided Tour through the Scheme of Work

Classical Civilisation H441: Virgil and the world of the hero F390

Suggested teaching time

4 hours


Aeneid Book 1

Topic outline

Suggested teaching and homework activities

Suggested resources

Points to note

Book 1

Virgil Aeneid

  • Students are expected to read the complete text and understand the plot; rather than reading the whole text in class, teachers will probably decide that time is better used by focussing on specific passages, and checking that students have understood the key points in bridging passages.

Prologue (lines 1-33)

  • Students to research key proper nouns - allocate cards to individuals/pairs - and feedback to rest of group; data to be recorded in table.

  • Identify phrases that may be introducing themes. Students could take a sheet of paper/ computer document for each and be encouraged to record examples of the themes as they occur in the epic.

  • Note parallels with the opening of the Iliad.

  • Aeneas 3 interactive CD-Rom (Julian Morgan) could provide a clear introduction / overview of the Aeneid in relation to Homer and Augustus.

  • Cards with key people/places/events.

  • Map of Aeneas’ voyage.

  • This might be a good point at which to ensure that all students know the Greek and Roman names of the Olympian gods.

  • The theme sheets could be revisited during and at the end of the year.

  • Does Virgil introduce any key themes after the prologue?

Storm and shipwreck; arrival in Africa (lines 34-222)

  • Make flow-chart / cartoon strip to show sequence of plot.

  • Write a new simile for Neptune calming the crowd using an occasion they have experienced / seen on television.

  • In pairs/small groups, make mind maps of Aeneas’ character, showing character traits and the evidence Virgil gives to suggest each one.

  • Newspaper / internet images /video clips (eg news coverage / Ghandi DVD) of riot and of storm at sea.

  • Large sheets of paper with picture of Aeneas in centre.

  • Teachers may wish to discuss historical and political background at this point.

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