I use this as a final project, to end our Ancient Athens unit. This project has research, writing and representing components. It takes us about 2 weeks to do this project (doing it nearly every day for an hour).
Students are asked to create some kind of 3D artifact to represent either democracy and government or the everyday life of people living in Ancient Athens.
We do this as an in-class project, however it could be done as an at-home project, if you wish. I provide class time for students to do their research (essential questions are provided), complete their written report and then ultimately for creating the 3D multimodal artifacts.
As part of the project, students also write clues to help in the identification of their artifact. All artifacts are then put on display, similar to a museum gallery. We take a day at the end to play the artifact game as a class: we look at every person's clues & artifact to determine what it is and how it reflects life in Ancient Athens.
Past project received from my students:
- a model of the Acropolis made out of popsicle sticks
- a model/diorama of the Academy with army men working outside
- Dracma coins and information about who in society would have had them... and how how much or little.
- a box with voting stones to reflect the decision-making process and explain who could/couldn't participate
- a model of Pynx hill and the Assembly
- worry-doll type figurines for each social class in Athens (citizens, women, slaves, farmers, metics, children)
- a diorama of the Agora and the different vendors inside
- Paper-mâché pottery (namely vases) to illustrate the artsy culture and reflect the fact that likely only wealthy citizens would have owned these
- a diorama model of a house with the women/girls shown doing various daily responsibilities
This project file includes:
- An assignment sheet with all project requirements and essential research questions
- A planning sheet for students to sketch/plan their artifact and answer 3 initial questions, to ensure that it fulfills the criteria of this project
- 2 different rubrics: 1 with a 5-point scale and another with a 4-point scale.
- A ready to print salt clay recipe given to any of my students who wish to use this medium for their project. Once dry, salt clay can be painted with regular art room paint.
* Comes as a zipped folder. Includes everything as a PDF file and also everything in editable Word versions, in case you would like to make any additions or changes.
** Note: Canadian Content based on Alberta's curriculum.
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