Alexander the Great: A Cloze Reading Cooperative Challenge by Miss Middle School Teacher
This is a great way to take non-fiction reading about Alexander the Great and spice it up for your social studies class. This cloze reading challenge takes one 60 minute class period and is a great way to teach students the impact of Alexander the Great and his father Philip II on the ancient Greek empire.
Students work in groups of 4-5 to complete this fun challenge. Each student in a group is responsible for one "knowledge card" of information. They have 4-5 minutes to study their knowledge card in order to understand it as best they can. When the timer goes off, they must turn in their knowledge card and then complete a cloze reading activity with their group members to collectively fill in the blanks. They have 15 minutes to do this and are trying to beat the clock! Since each group member is an expert on one knowledge card, the group must work together in order to complete the entire cloze reading sheet. Students also have "vocabulary cards" to help jog their memory while working.
The lesson ends with a correction of the sheet and a group discussion on how Alexander the Great impacted ancient Greece and the rest of the ancient world. My middle schoolers love this challenge! They say it makes reading about history more exciting.
Included: a detailed lesson plan, "Knowledge Cards" on Alexander the Great, a cloze reading worksheet with answer key, and vocabulary cards to assist student groups with the challenge.