Exploring Ancient Greece

Lesson 16

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Describe two different Olympic events by identifying the main focus of specific paragraphs and the key details within them.

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. 89 – 99

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Target Task


Discussion & Writing Prompt

Describe two different Olympic events. Make sure to include details about how the events began, training, and any other important information the author includes.

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Key Questions


Spiral the following questions through this section of text:

What is the section mostly about? How do you know?

What does X illustration teach us about this topic?

What does the author want us to learn about this event?



brutal     (adj.)

 cruel or savage

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Common Core Standards

  • RI.2.2 — Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.