Exploring Ancient Civilizations: Rome

Lesson 7
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ELA

Unit 1

3rd Grade

Lesson 7 of 22

Objective


Describe the three groups of people in ancient Rome and explain why they were important for the success of the civilization. 

Readings and Materials


  • Article: “Roman Class Structure” 

  • Book: Ancient Rome and Pompeii: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #13 by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce (April 2006)  pp. 19 – 23

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

How do the headings “Powerful Patricians,” “Second-Class Plebeians," and “Lowly Slaves" help readers better understand the information in the article?

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Writing Prompt

Describe the three groups of people in ancient Rome. Defend why each group was equally important for the success of the civilization.

Sample Response

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Key Questions


  • Why does the author use the word “powerful” to describe the patricians?
  • Why does the author use the word “second-class” to describe the plebeians?
  • Compare and contrast plebeians and patricians.
  • Why does the author use the word “lowly” to describe slaves?
  • What is the main idea of the section? What key details support the main idea?

Vocabulary


resent

v.

to be angry or upset about something that is unfair

rights

n.

a legal entitlement to have or do something

privileges

n.

rights and benefits given to some people and not to others

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Common Core Standards


  • RI.3.2 — Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
  • RI.3.5 — Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

Supporting Standards

L.3.4
L.3.6
RF.3.3
RF.3.4
RI.3.1
RI.3.4
RI.3.7
SL.3.1
W.3.10
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