Exploring Ancient Greece

Lesson 15

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Defend if the Olympics were important to everyone in ancient Greece by identifying the reasons an author states to support a point.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Ancient Greece and the Olympics: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce  pp. 81 – 87

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Discussion & Writing Prompt

“The Olympics were important to everyone in ancient Greece.”

Based on the evidence from the text, do you agree or disagree? Defend why.

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Key Questions


What does the illustration on page 80 teach us? Why would the author include it?

What are pages 84 and 85 mostly about? How do you know?

What happened to the statue of Zeus?



sacrifice     (n.)

an animal or thing offered as a gift to the gods

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Common Core Standards

  • RI.2.6 — Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.

  • RI.2.8 — Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.