Reading/Social Studies

Modified 6th Grade Reading & Social Studies Lesson

Time: Virtual Teacher Office Hours

Mrs. Yocum will be available via e-mail or by phone between the hours of

7:00-8:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 17 through Friday May 20.

My e-mail address is and the school phone number is 765.548.2454.

Lesson Objectives

Language Arts Focus: Analyze author's purpose

Social Studies Lesson Content: Surgery in the ancient Mediterranean

Reading Skill: Apply social studies content reading skills; main idea/details

Ancient Brain Surgery


(15 min.) Good morning everyone!! Welcome to our e-Learning Day! I hope you enjoyed the short video clip of the ancient brain surgery at the top of the page. If you didn't see it, go back now and check it out. Today you will be reading an article about archaeologist discovering remains from an ancient brain surgery. Can you imagine? How would they even know how to do any of that without being able to "Google" information or read about it in a book?

In this lesson, you will be reading about new evidence discovered by archaeologists revealing that the ancient Greeks performed brain surgery 1,800 years ago. The skeletal remains of a female were discovered in Veria, Greece, buried alongside an assortment of ancient treasures. The skull of the skeleton shows evidence of an attempted brain surgery. Experts believe this discovery demonstrates a social and medical sophistication typical of ancient Greece in the 3rd century CE.

The ancient Greeks and the ancient Romans took a strong interest in science and medicine. They believed that medicine should be approached using rational thinking and investigation. They focused on studying the patient and keeping track of different symptoms and diseases. Many discoveries made by doctors practicing during this time are the basis for Western medicine today.

As you read, think about the author's purpose for writing the texts in this lesson. Record information from the texts that helped you to determine the author's purpose.


[30 min] Today's reading strategy lesson is on note-taking. We will be using a method called the Thinking Tree. Please have the following handouts from your packet ready before you listen to the instructional video:

  1. The Lost City Lesson Master
  2. Wilmot Lake Article
Mrs. Yocum's Instruction on Note Taking

This sound clip describes the note taking strategy called the Thinking Tree.

Main Ideas and Details of the Wilmot Lake passage.

After reading Wilmot Lake, click here to see if you had a good idea of the Main Idea and Details of the passage.


[30 min]

1. Your Achieve article today is "Ancient Greece and Rome: Old Bones Show Doctor's Work". You will do all five steps of the article (Before Reading Poll, Article, Activity, After Reading Poll, Thought Question).

Before you will read the article, please make sure you read the vocabulary words.

2. As you read the Article, use the Reading connection (blue arrow) called Setting the Purpose to write facts and details that show why the author wrote these texts. You can use this information when you answer the Thought Question. After you write your Thought Question draft, click on Finish Later so you can modify your Thought Question responses later.

*Remember authors write for different purposes, or reasons. The main purposes are: Persuade- to persuade or convince the reader about something;

Inform- to give the reader information about something;

Entertain- just to entertain the reader with a fun story.

* Be sure to use the hIghlighting tool, and then to add that information to the Setting the Purpose Reading Connection to keep track of evidence you will use to answer your Thought Question.

3. Write your answer to the Thought Question. Tell about the author's purpose for writing this article.


[45min] Please be sure to complete the 5-Step process for Achieve: Before Reading Poll, Article, Activity, After Reading Poll, and Thought Question.

Important Note!

Make sure you have also done these lessons:

Miss Richey's math lesson

Miss Easton's science lesson

The Digital Citizenship lesson

Mrs. Lunsford's library lesson