Roman Myths

Lesson 4


Describe what happened to Io. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Classic Starts: Roman Myths by Diane Namm  — “Prometheus and Io“

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

Which statement explains why Io was turned into a cow?

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Which sentence from “Prometheus and Io” best supports the answer to Part A?

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Writing Prompt

Describe what happened to Io and why.

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Key Questions


  • Describe Jupiter and Prometheus's relationship.
  • What description does the author include to describe the cow? Why?
  • Why does Io decide to share her story with Prometheus?
  • What happened with Io and Jupiter?
  • Why was Io turned into a cow? What does this show about Jupiter?
  • Why does Mercury kill Argus?
  • How did Jupiter and Io end up together?



enraged     (v.)

made very angry

torment     (v.)

to cause someone physical or mental pain

misery     (n.)

extreme suffering or unhappiness

eternal     (adj.)

lasting forever

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.3.2 — Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

  • 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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