Hercules and Atlas are significant characters from mythology. Through their stories, we get the modern term "Herculean" and phrase "weight of the world on his shoulders." Both are used today.
In this curriculum, you will get
1) Lesson plans (for a 1- to 3-day schedule and a 4- to 5-day schedule)
2) Reading sheets (for three different-level readers)
3) Deeper level thinking class discussion questions
4) Comprehension questions and a study guide
5) Class activity
6) Hercules' and Atlas' Family Tree worksheet
7) Inquiry questions
8) Bingo review game & game cards
9) Vocabulary worksheet
10) Story prompts
11) Reading and Writing worksheet
This curriculum meets the following Common Core Standards for fourth grade:
Reading Standards for Literature - Standard No. 1
- Students are asked to "refer to details and examples in a text" in the deeper level thinking class discussion questions, and they are asked to also draw inferences from the text.
Reading Standards for Literature - Standard No. 2
- In the comprehension questions on the study guide, students are asked to "summarize the text." Teachers are given a summary in the teacher's guide.
Reading Standards for Literature - Standard No. 3
- Through the use of story prompts, students are asked to retell the story through specific characters, in the story's setting, using the "details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions.)"
Reading Standards for Literature - Standard No. 4
- Through the use of the deeper level thinking class discussion, the reading and writing worksheet, and the vocabulary worksheet, students are asked to "determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g. Herculean)."
Writing Standards - Standard No. 7
- The inquiry questions help students "conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic" on a topic related to the story.
Writing Standards - Standard No. 9
- The reading and writing prompt encourage students to "draw evidence from literary” texts, this story, “to support analysis, reflection, and research.”
Speaking and Listening Standards - Standard No. 1
- The deeper level thinking class discussion questions help students "engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussion” by “building on other's ideas and expressing their own clearly."
Speaking and Listening Standards - Standard No. 2
-The story prompts are a fun and interactive way for students to "paraphrase portions of text" as they retell the story both in the classroom and at home with their families.
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