After watching this video, Braidon wrote a short paper about the Trojan War (thanks for the idea Jenn M.!). I'm hoping that this will be a weekly project for both boys for the next couple of months. The boys have not really done a lot of formal writing, so I'm also hoping that their style will improve as we go.
The Trojan War
by Braidon Eikenberry
The Trojan war was between the Trojans and the Greeks. The war was ten years long. Zeus called on Paris of Troy to decide who was the fairest between Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite. He chose Aphrodite because she promised him the most beautiful woman on Earth to be his wife. He took Helen of Sparta from her husband Menelaus king of Sparta.
Helen daughter of Zeus and Queen of Sparta was known as the most beautiful young lady in the world. Her stepfather saw how many men wanted to marry his daughter so he held a competition to see who should marry her. The one who won the competition was Menelaus.
There was an epic battle between Hektor of Troy and Achilles of Sparta. Achilles the son of Zeus was made invincible by putting him in a river called Styx, except for his heels. Achilles won that battle because of his invincibility. Then after the battle Achilles dragged Hektors body around the city of Troy three times to show that he had killed him.
Troy withstood the siege for ten long years. The final Greek victory came when the Greeks made a huge wooden horse that could hold twelve soldiers. One night all the Greek ships sailed off so the Trojans thought they had won the war. The Greeks put the horse outside the gates and the Trojans thought it was a gift, so they took it in the gates. The Trojans had been celebrating and became very drunk. While they were asleep the Greeks came out of the horse, down the the ladder, and killed the Trojans in their sleep. Then they got Helen and went home after ten long years.