UNIT 4: THE GREEKS. Matthew Lewis ED 639 December 4, 2002. Introduction.
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UNIT 4: THE GREEKS
December 4, 2002
Ancient Greek civilization has contributed many of the ideas and activities that we use today. Their religion, government, and even their sporting events are still affecting us today. The Greeks set the foundation for the western society that we live in.
The Greeks beginning ideas on Democracy set the basis for are own government. The great Greek philosophers’ ideas are still followed today. Many of the ideas about human interaction and development originated with the Greeks.
The Greek civilization lasted nearly 2,700 years from their early beginnings to their conquest by Rome. Starting with the early civilizations of the Minoans and Mycanaeans to the fall of Alexander’s Empire Greek civilization impacted the world.
Knowing this, it is important for a Seventh Grade Ancient History teacher to teach about Ancient Greece so that the students understand the importance and impact of this great society. A variety of activities and means of teaching will be used in order for the students to stay attentive and enthusiastic about the unit.
When asked the students will be able to:
The Hellenistic Period
This unit will take roughly eight weeks to complete. The unit is broken into four chapters: Beginnings, The City-State, Cultural Contributions, and The Hellenistic Period. The first chapter will be allotted approximately ten class periods, the second ten class periods, the third ten class periods, and the last ten class periods. Flexibility will be necessary with the various activities that are planned.
Textbook: Greenblatt M., Lemmo P. Human Heritage: A World History. Columbus: Glencoe, McGraw-Hill, 1995. Chapters 9, 10, 11, 12.
Palace of Knossos
Theseus and the Minotaur
Traders and Pirates
The polis or city-state
Spartan way of life
Council of Five Hundred
Battle of Marathon
Thales of Miletus
Alexander the Great
Construct a graphic organizer on the chalkboard using Greece as the hub. The spokes will be titled : Geography, Culture, Important People, Lasting Contributions. Have the students call out ideas as you write down the appropriate responses. This will get them thinking about ancient Greece. Have students read section one of chapter nine in class. Stop and discuss the topics with the students. Hand out chapter 9 study guide.
Assignment: Chapter 9 Geography and Map Activity
Power Point Presentation of Palace of Knossos, due at end of chapter.