Alexander the Great Document Analysis Activity

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This excellent activity for Alexander the Great includes primary and secondary sources for students to analyze and respond to. After reading these short passages from Plutarch, Diodorus, Arrian, and an anonymous source, students complete a chart on the validity, purpose, and point of view of each.

This is an excellent project to integrate Common Core analysis of primary and secondary source documents for Ancient History. Each source is concise and can be easily understood by students. The sources take different looks at Alexander the Great, with both positive and negative views included.

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5 pages
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social studies.
Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.
Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author’s claims.


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