As it happens, we are both big Sherlock fans so when the time came for her 8th grade students to read The Aeneid, it seemed like a great idea to try to keep track of the characters from the poem using a technique very effectively dramatized in that show: the Mind Palace. Here's how we did it:
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We started off by introducing the concept using this scene from the season 2 episode, "The Hounds of Baskerville," in which Holmes tries to recall the name and location of a research facility crucial the plot. Watson helpfully explains to another character what the 'mind palace' is and how it works (and takes the opportunity to offer a little dig at Sherlock's ego as well). We showed them a second, explanatory video from How Stuff Works to provide an idea of how a mind palace is constructed.
We found the visuals in this video helpful but there are plenty more short segments on the technique out there. Find one that works for you.
Then we explained the assignment: students were to build a memory palace, based on their homes, the school, or some other place with which they were familar and which could be easily accessed in order to remember ten characters or places from The Aeneid.
They had about a week to put this together and on the day it was due, they published their slideshows to the web and presented them to small groups of 2 or 3 classmates. They used Nimbus Screenshot to record a screencast of their slideshow and their voice as they explained how each place in their mind palace contained something from The Aeneid. The screencast videos were saved to Google Drive and turned in through Classroom. Each group then chose one presentation to advance, tournament style, to a round in which the videos were shown to the entire class.
This document has my notes for the project and links to some resources, including the videos embedded above and instructions for using Nimbus. Here's a planning guide given to the students to help them get ready. And finally, a rubric for assessing the project.