Discovering Mythology: Roman Myths

Students read, discuss and analyze a collection of Roman myths as they learn about the values and beliefs of the ancient Roman Empire and consider the role that myths, gods, and storytelling held.

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ELA

Unit 3

3rd Grade

Unit Summary


This unit connects with the third grade Social Studies Unit 1, Ancient Rome. In the Social Studies unit, students study and learn about the values and beliefs of the ancient Roman Empire. In this literature unit, students begin to see the role that myths, gods, and storytelling had in ancient Rome by reading a collection on Roman myths. While reading the myths, students will be challenged to think about how the myths illustrate and show the beliefs and customs of the Roman Empire. Students will also be challenged to think what the myths teach about retaliation and generosity. 

In reading and writing, this unit focuses on helping readers solidify their understanding of the connection between recounting stories, determining a central message, and using details to explain how the central message is conveyed. Through multiple readings of the same myths, students will be able to analyze and discover the way in which messages are developed. Students will then be pushed to articulate this understanding both orally and in writing. Rereading the same myth multiple times also supports students fluency and vocabulary development.

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Texts and Materials


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Core Materials

Assessment


These assessments accompany this unit to help gauge student understanding of key unit content and skills.

Additional progress monitoring suggestions are included throughout the unit. Essential Tasks can be found in the following lessons:

Unit Prep


Intellectual Prep

Unit Launch

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Essential Questions

  • What messages do Roman myths convey about retaliation? 
  • What messages do Roman myths convey about the power of generosity? 
  • Who were the twelve major gods and goddesses who were honored and worshiped in ancient Rome? What role do they play in different myths?  

Vocabulary

Text-based

aimless armful assured banished bear despair desperately delightfully disobey dilemma dispute disbelief disappearance enraged envy eternal fearful flattered helpless imprisoned injustice misery mourn outcast overwhelmed persuade radiant restless sorrow sorrowfully sympathy taunted took pity torment unseen unwise unravels watchful wickedness

Root/Affix

-ful -less -ly -ness dis- en- im- in- un-

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Content Knowledge and Connections

Supporting All Students

In order to ensure that all students are able to access the texts and tasks in this unit, it is incredibly important to intellectually prepare to teach the unit prior to launching the unit. Use the intellectual preparation protocol and the Unit Launch to determine which support students will need. To learn more, visit the Supporting all Students teacher tool.

Lesson Map


Common Core Standards


Core Standards

L.3.1
L.3.2
RL.3.2
RL.3.3
RL.3.9
SL.3.1
W.3.1
W.3.1.a
W.3.1.b
W.3.1.d
W.3.3
W.3.3.b
W.3.3.c
W.3.3.d

Supporting Standards

L.3.1.a
L.3.1.d
L.3.1.e
L.3.1.f
L.3.1.g
L.3.1.h
L.3.2.c
L.3.3
L.3.3.a
L.3.4.a
L.3.4.b
L.3.5.c
L.3.6
RF.3.3
RF.3.4
RL.3.1
RL.3.4
RL.3.7
RL.3.10
SL.3.1.a
SL.3.1.b
SL.3.1.c
SL.3.1.d
SL.3.6
W.3.4
W.3.5
W.3.6
W.3.10
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