Ancient Greece Shared Reading

Shared Reading Lesson Plan
Title: Greek City-States
Pub: Shell Education
Literacy Core Objective:
Language Arts Standard 7 Obj. 2a make
connections to text
Text Structure:
Enduring Understanding: Purpose for reading
Students will broaden their knowledge of ancient
Greece by making connections to the text.
Content Core Objective:
Social Studies Standard 1 Obj. 1
development of ancient civilizations
“I Can” Statements: Essential Questions
I can add to existing knowledge of ancient Greece
I can make self to text connections
I can make text to text connections
I can make text to world connections to broaden my
understanding of ancient Greece
ELL Language Objectives:
Focus - Comprehension Strategies, Vocabulary & Text Structures/Features
Comprehension Strategy:
Making Connections
Background knowledge
Determining Importance
Clarifying and self-monitoring
Introducing the Text “I Do It”
Modeling and Teacher Talk
“Today we will learn about a comprehension strategy that good readers use. While they are
reading, good readers think about the text and how what they are reading relates to them or to the
world. This is called making connections. While reading they ask themselves things like: Has
something like this happened in my life? Have I read about this in another book? Have I heard of
this happening in the world around me? We call these connections ‘text to self’, ‘text to text’, and
‘text to world’.
“We will practice using the strategy of making connections as we read about Greek City-States.
Before we begin, I would like to make sure you know some of the more difficult words in the text.
Say them with me.
Poleis – Greek City-States, polises
Minoan – an ancient Greek civilization
Mycenaean – an ancient Greek civilization
Persians – a civilization of people from modern day Iran
Peloponnesian – an area of Greece where Athens and Sparta fought
Reading the Text “We Do It”
Interacting with and reinforcing strategies and skills
“Before we start reading I want you to think about the text and all of the things you already know
about ancient Greece. Think about what connections you can already make to your life or to
something else you have read or learned about. When I look at the picture at the bottom of the page
I see the Greek alphabet. On the third line down, I see the Greek letter Pi. This reminds me of the
book we read about Sir Cumference. I’m making a text to text connection, relating what is on this
page to something I have already read about. Turn to a partner and talk about what connections you
can make now based only on the title and the pictures on the handout. “
Let’s read together “Greek City-States”
“As we read, I want you to think about connections you are making to the text.”
Graphic Organizer (making connections)
Complete graphic organizer “making connections” together as a class.
“On the graphic organizer sheet, write down connections you were able to make with the text. Try
to come up with at least one for each of the types of connections. Then turn to a partner and discuss
one connection you were able to make with the text.”
Extending the Reading “You Do It”
Students practicing the strategies taught, rereading for fluency, and extending into writing
“We have just learned a strategy good readers use to help them comprehend text. You will now
practice this strategy on your own while reading another informational article about ancient Greece.
When you have completed the graphic organizer, please complete the comprehension questions on
the back of the article.”
Strategies taught in Shared Reading should be gradually released and reinforced in
Guided Reading Groups and Student Independent Practice
Content Core Integration:(Science, Soc. St., Math, etc.)
*This lesson could be a multiple day plan