Students love learning about Ancient Rome, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra and the Roman Republic. This unit can take from two to four weeks - There are four reading selections that cover many reading strategies. Each part has brief activities to complete. I would allow about 240 minutes total. 15 minute segments to 45 minute segments would work best. Or, 15 minute segments at school with homework assignments.
This could be a self paced module or as lessons in class or a combination of structured lessons with independent work. Students could work with it in class for about 15 minutes of direct instruction and 30 to 45 minutes of independent work for each reading selection, broken up in any segments.
This 23 page Julius Caesar informational text unit includes reading strategies, eleven informational text pages, eight class work or homework pages, as well as pages with strategy practice, and review of vocabulary and concepts.
The unit can be self paced and therefore has a great deal of instructional text. I have attached a PDF file but will also add a Word file after I figure out how to add more than one file. That way, the lessons could be reduced or supplemented.
The text includes my researched facts from Caesar's birth until his death.
The informational text is in four parts. The learning packet starts with a review of reading strategies that will be practiced in the unit. Then it has part one, Julius Caesar's birth until first fleeing Rome. Then there are questions and part two, more strategy practice and questions for part three. Part three is followed by more questions, five roots, a vocabulary review and finally part four. The final activity is creating Julius Caesar currency that includes six or more major events or items of interest about Julius Caesar.
I have taught this several ways. I used to call it "Weekly Reading." Students would receive one passage on a Monday and hand in their answers on a Friday after practicing the strategies in class and at home. I have changed this to be a learning packet. One that students who are capable will be self paced. Others will work more slowly and with other students or with my individual instruction.