Core Curriculum - Sixth Grade


Favorite Greek Myths Retold
by Mary Pope Osborne
This book is a wonderful retelling of some of the well known, as well as lesser known, myths. Each story is about three pages long, and beautifully illustrated by Troy Howell. Included at the end of the book is a chapter on the gods, goddesses and mortals famous in the myths. Their names, family connection, and responsibility is listed. Also for enjoyment and information is a list of many words we use today that have their origins in the Greek myths.

Note: A great read-aloud book, but one kids would enjoy reading on their own.

Early Civilization - Greek Life
by John Guy, ISBN: 04391491E0, Scholastic
This is an excellent historical book. It gives a great deal of information on daily Greek life. It tells about life for the rich and life for the poor. It also gives many insights into how they lived such as; food and drink, fashion, architecture, health and medicine, love and marriage, women and children, war, crime and punishment, religion, transportation, and others. The writings are accompanied by many beautiful illustrations. I enjoyed the book very much

Note: There are pictures of nude statues. Recommended as a teacher resource.

Greek Myths
by John Rearick
This is a book of 8 short plays for the classroom, teaching about some of the more famous myths from the ancient times. The plays are well written, and could be easily produced in the classroom with minimal expense. Some of the myths represented are: The Story of Cupid and Psyche, The Story of Orpheus and Eurydice, The story of Echo and Narcissus, and The Story of Odysseus, Helen and the City of Try, and the story of Odysseus and his travels. A creative companion to teaching the myths, and it will certainly involve the students.

The Traveler's Guide to Ancient Greece
by Fiona Macdonald
A great read-aloud book to accompany the study of Ancient Greece. It is written like an actual tour guidebook. It covers history including a time line of events, an overview of Greece, a section on discovering Athens with suggestions of things to do while there, like where to stay, what to wear, visiting the Acropolis, the Law Courts and the Assembly, and the suggestion to visit a school. There are also ideas for entertainment, festivals, shopping, and eating out. There is a section on the language, useful phrases, money, medicine and Greek numbers. This is a book the kids will enjoy looking at as well as having the teacher share facts from it with the entire class.

The Greek News
by Anton Powell and Philip
Steele Another over-sized book written like a newspaper of the times. The articles are creative as well as informative while the reader gets a glimpse in the life of the Ancient Greeks. Some of the articles included are: Greece In Peril, Sparta Attacks! Alexander Wins!, Slave Trade, Olympic Games Spoiled, which includes a tourist guide to all of the events, The Pride of Athens, about the Parthenon, a section for and about women, fashions, feast and even philosophy. This is a good overview of this period in time, made enjoyable by the format. This book is a good read-aloud or shared individually.

Drawing History, Ancient Greece
by Elaine Raphael and Don Bolognese, ISBN: 0590227297, Scholastic
Drawing History: Ancient Greece describes life in ancient Greece in both words and pictures. You will learn about the first Olympics, the Trojan War, Greek drama and art, and the Greek gods and goddesses. Best of all, Drawing History will teach you how to draw the people, costumes, and artifacts of this fascinating civilization with a simple step-by-step technique that's as easy to follow as it is fun to learn.

The Groovy Greeks
by Terry Deary, ISBN: 0590031554, Scholastic
The Groovy Greeks is full of facts about the hip 'n happenin' Greeks-who hung out over 20000 years ago! Find out about the horrible heroes, savage Spartan soldiers, foolish philosophers and suffering slaves. Read on for some amazing information on awful ancient food, groovy Greek Olympic games, and the gruesome god who ate his own children

Note: This is a book written to make fun of the Greeks. They use jokes to talk about murder, war, and killing. Be careful when allowing students to use this book.