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Reading Selection: Seeker of Knowledge

by Scott Foresman Reading Street Fourth Grade | 11 Sep 2018
Resource Description:

This selection deals with Jean-Francois Champollion’s deciphering the hieroglyphs. The comprehension skill is using graphic sources to help understand information. This lesson plan introduces the comprehension skill and the new vocabulary of the story.

Audience: Elementary
Audience Language Proficiency: Intermediate
Duration: 60 minutes
Language Skill: Reading, Vocabulary
Content Area: English and social studies
Materials and Technology:

Map of Egypt

Graph that shows the temperature

  • A short video about the Rosetta stone.
  • A power point presentation of the new words and the comprehension skill.
  • Colored papers for students to write their names in hieroglyphics.
  • Student book


  • Develop communication skill as students practice talking and discuss their ideas.
  • Use graphic sources, such as a chart, a map, graph or illustration to help understand the text.
  • Extend students’ vocabulary to talk and read about language and its importance in our lives, and how it was and is still developing.
  • Develop students’ reading comprehension through using charts, graphs and maps.
  • Practice writing skills through assigning a paragraph with the focus on using a graph or a chart to interpret information.
  • Encourage peer feedback and correction on writing.

1. Lead-in

10 minutes

  • I display the Rosetta stone video as a warm up and introduction to the selection.
  • I ask students some questions about the ancient Egyptians and what they know about their civilization and the language they spoke.


2. Speaking

5-10 minutes

  • Students discuss the modern use of symbols and icons to convey meanings. They talk about digital methods of communication.

3. Target Vocabulary

15 minutes

  • Displaying the Power Point presentation using the projector, seeing the pictures first, I encourage students to guess the word that is related to the pictures.
  • Students come up with meaningful sentences using each word.
  • Divided into four groups of four or five, students answer the ‘supply the blank’ questions in the ppt as a competition.

4. Answering questions in the Reader’s and Writer’s Notebook

10-15 minutes

  • Using the assigned book, students answer vocabulary related practice.
  • Reading some passages from the book, students use graphic resources to deduct more information about a text.


5. Reading

2 sessions

  • Students read through the selection.
  • While reading through, students try to elicit the main idea and details in every page., besides examining the pictures and/or maps included in the story.