Mrs. Yocum's eLearning Day

Modified 6th Grade Reading & Social Studies Lesson

Time: Virtual Teacher Office Hours

I 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

Mrs. Yocum

Our first eLearning Day by Mrs. Yocum
Ancient Brain Surgery


(10 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 watch the instructional video:

  1. The Lost City Lesson Master
  2. Wilmot Lake Article
  3. Rescue Dogs Article


[10 min] Today, you will read the article, "Ancient Greece and Rome: Old Bones Show Doctor's Work".

Vocabulary terms you need to know that may or may not be in your leveled article are:

* Hippocratic Oath: an oath taken by new doctors to follow the ethical code of the medical profession

* four humors: during the time of the ancient Greeks, a belief that in order to maintain health, the body had four areas that needed to remain in balance: yellow bile, black bile, phlegm, and blood

* sophistication: the quality of having worldly knowledge

* delicate: very fine, intricate

When you read the Article, use the Reading connection 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.

* Digitally annotate the text by using the Digital Highlighting Tool and then to add that information to the Setting the Purpose Reading Connection to identify evidence you will incorporate into a Thought Question response.


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