Ancient Greece is full of fascinating history and its influence is more than prevalent today. To make Ancient Greece lessons a little more hands-on and fun, students compete through competitions. You can make these competitions part of a larger Olympics in your classroom to tie in yet another Ancient Greek contribution.
1. City-State competition - This document is brief and outlines what students must research and put into a PowerPoint presentation on their assigned city-state. It lists topics, requirements, contains a rubric and also comes with student evaluation forms for presentations.
2. Ethos, Logos, Pathos Competition - This competition ties to the great philosophers and propaganda techniques today! Students must pick a product to market and advertise. They must include ethos, logos, and pathos in their advertisement/commercial. The document comes with questions for explanation and rubric for grading.
3. Greek God competition - Students pick their favorite Greek God and draw them in a superhero trading card. Then, in a bracket-style playoff, gods face each other. Winners move on the face the next and finally Zeus. Through the process, kids talk about their gods, what their special qualities are and their background.
4. Best Greek Thing Ever competition - For this competition, groups research Ancient Greek contributions. They must pick what they consider the best contribution and answer explanation questions. Finally, groups participate in debates to argue their position.
5. Greek God Comic - Students are assigned a Greek god or goddess. Then, without using words, they use the comic template and tell the origin story of their Greek god or goddess. I then scanned them and displayed them on the board. The whole class guess which god or goddess it was. The creator then explained the story in depth through the comic. So much fun!
6. Greek God Speech and Poster - With their assigned god or goddess, students compete to be the patron for a new city-state. They create a poster to depict their god or goddess and then write a speech explaining why they are worthy of being the patron. The kids voted for the new patron. Great learning tool!