edHelper.com
History of Books and Writing
Greek and Roman Copycats



Greek and Roman Copycats
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 9 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.64

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    pictograms, stylus, meticulous, scribes, scribe, counteract, sleep-deprived, blocky, parchment, pointed, disastrous, writing, better, papyrus, unreliable, spite
     content words:    Middle Ages, King Eumenes II, Many Roman, Emperor Trajan


Print Greek and Roman Copycats
     Print Greek and Roman Copycats  (font options, pick words for additional puzzles, and more)


Quickly Print - PDF format
     Quickly Print: PDF (2 columns per page)

     Quickly Print: PDF (full page)


Quickly Print - HTML format
     Quickly Print: HTML


Proofreading Activity
     Print a proofreading activity


Feedback on Greek and Roman Copycats
     Leave your feedback on Greek and Roman Copycats  (use this link if you found an error in the story)



Greek and Roman Copycats
By Colleen Messina
  

1     The ancient Greeks created lively sculptures, graceful architecture, and a unique system of government that inspired our own. The great Greeks were also conquerors... and copycats. Alexander the Great conquered and destroyed the Phoenician city of Tyre, but he preserved one important Phoenician invention. Perhaps the Greeks soldiers asked the conquered Phoenician merchants, "Got letters?" When the Greeks saw the incredible Phoenician writing system, they took it home. Copying is not always a good idea, but in this case, the Greeks made a smart move because they acquired the best alphabet in the ancient world.
 
2     The Greeks copied the innovative Phoenician alphabet because pictograms and ideograms just didn't work out for them. Their famous historian, Herodotus, recorded a disastrous event that came from misinterpreting pictograms. A general received a scroll with pictures of a bird, a frog, and several arrows on it. The pictures intrigued him, but he was too proud to admit that he couldn't figure out what the message meant. He studied the scroll all night.
 
3     In the morning, the general told his officers that the scroll meant the enemy was surrendering to them! The officers patted themselves on the back and congratulated each other on their victory. However, the poor, sleep-deprived general had made a deadly mistake. The pictures meant that the enemy would attack them and that they should prepare to surrender! The Greeks learned the lesson that communicating with pictures was unreliable. They needed a better system.

Paragraphs 4 to 10:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable



Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!


History of Books and Writing
             History of Books and Writing


More Lessons
             High School Reading Comprehensions and High School Reading Lessons


Social Studies
             Social Studies


    2004 Elections  
 
    2008 Elections  
 
    United States History and Theme Units  
 
    American Government  
 
    Ancient America  
 
    Ancient China  
 
    Ancient Egypt  
 
    Ancient Greece  
 
    Ancient India  
 
    Ancient Mesopotamia  
 
    Ancient Rome  
 
    Biographies  
 
    Canadian Theme Unit  
 
    Country Theme Units  
 
    Crime and Terrorism  
 
    Economics  
 
 
    European History: 1600s-1800s  
 
    Explorers  
 
    Famous Educators  
 
    Geography  
 
    Grades 2-3 Social Studies Wendy's World Series  
 
    History of Books and Writing  
 
    History of Mathematics  
 
    How Can I Help?  
 
    Inventors and Inventions  
 
    Middle Ages  
 
    Renaissance  
 
    World Religion  
 
    World War I  
 
    World War II  
 
    World Wonders  
 


More Activities, Lesson Plans, and Worksheets


Back to School
Graphic Organizers
Alphabet Worksheets
Sight Words
Math Worksheets
Mazes
50 States

Monthly Themes
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Fractions
Place Value
Time and Calendar
Money
Earth Day
Solar System
Analogies
Nouns
Following Directions
Listening
Capitalization
Cursive Writing
Patterns and Sequencing
Dinosaurs
All About Me

Kindergarten
First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade

Multiplication
Division
Main Idea
Cause and Effect
Measurement
Decimals
Rounding
Order of Operations
Verbs
Community Helpers
Adjectives
Plants
Grammar
Addition and Subtraction
Contractions
Bulletin Board Ideas
Word Searches
Crossword Puzzles
Printable Puzzles

Reading Comprehension
Reading Skills
English Language Arts





Copyright © 2011 edHelper