Roman Myths

Lesson 2


Describe Jupiter, Baucis, and Philemon.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Classic Starts: Roman Myths by Diane Namm  pp. 27 – 32 — “The Oak and the Linden Tree”

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

Based on evidence in “The Oak and the Linden Tree,” which word best describes Baucis and Philemon?

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Which detail from the text best supports the answer to Part A?

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Writing Prompt

Describe Jupiter. What details does the author include to show what Jupiter is like?

Mastery Response


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Key Questions


  • What does the description "it was all too perfect to bear" mean?
  • Why did Jupiter and Mercury dress as poor travelers? What would have happened if they didn't?
  • Why did Jupiter think the people were "selfish and mean"?
  • How did Baucis and Philemon treat Jupiter and Mercury? What does it show about them?
  • What description does the author include to show the difference between Baucis and Philemon and the other people Mercury and Jupiter met?



bear     (v.)

to endure something

wickedness     (n.)

the state of being morally bad

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.3.3 — Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

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