Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece Unit Scope

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Essential Questions

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How has Ancient Greece...

  • influenced our society today?
  • provided traits of modern government?
  • created heroes?
  • teacher’s choice

Key Topics

These topics are critical themes within the big topic area.

Foundations Mythology Monumental Contributions

Recommended Newsela Materials

The most relevant articles are in the first text set. The additional text sets include materials to address the topics.

Articles

This section is organized by subtopic so that teachers can match relevant content to critical themes. These articles can help you target student understanding for each key topic.

Foundations Mythology Monumental Contributions

Democracy: A New Idea in Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece: The Birth of the City State

Greco-Roman: Early Experiments in Participatory Government

The Titans and the Gods of Olympus: Greek Origin Story

Great Cities: How Alexandria laid foundations for the modern world

Issue Overview: How the U.S. elects its presidents

Ancient Religions: Public worship of Greeks and Romans

Myths and Legends: Zeus, supreme god of the ancient Greeks

Myths and Legends: Hera, Greek goddess of women and marriage

Myths and Legends: Poseidon, Greek god of the sea

Myths and Legends: Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and beauty

Myths and Legends: Hermes, messenger of the Greek gods

World Leaders: Alexander the Great

Philosophers: Socrates

Authors: Homer

Marble Maidens of ancient Athens are getting face-lift

Flame for Rio Olympics is lit at birthplace of  Ancient Games

From Alchemy to Chemistry: The Origins of Today's Science

Philosopher: Aristotle

A Little Big History of Silver

In fight over Parthenon sculptures, Greece may take Britain to world court

Formative Tasks

The tasks are organized by subtopic and provide teachers with relevant resources for classroom implementation. Teacher can use these activities and assessments to determine student learning.

Foundations Mythology Monumental Contributions

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Greek Influence

Lesson Plan

Election Issues: Education and Criminal Justice

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Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A: In what ways is U.S. democracy distinct from Greek democracy?

Prompt BDescribe how Greek (Hellenistic) culture spread to other regions. Who contributed to its expansion and how did they accomplish this?
Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder.

 

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What types of gods or goddesses would you create?

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Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A: Both Zeus and Hera were powerful figures for the ancient Greeks. If you had lived in ancient Greece, which god or goddess would you have looked up to, and why?

Prompt BWhat do the gods and goddesses reveal about the ancient Greeks and what they valued?

Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder.

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World Leaders: Alexander the Great

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Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A: Alexander the Great had many accomplishments, including a vision for Alexandria, which made him one of the most impactful leaders of the time. Based on your reading of these articles and our class discussions of Alexander the Great, what would you consider his strengths and weaknesses to be as a leader?

Prompt B: What did the Greeks value? Use evidence from the texts to support your answers. Where do you see legacies of those values today?

Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder

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