Learn about the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations of Ancient Greece. 4,000 years ago they dominated the Aegean Sea. They controlled the Mediterranean shipping lanes to and from the Atlantic and the Black Sea. They were mighty, and a force to be reckoned with. From them we got our stories of mighty men of valor: Theseus, Odysseus, Hercules, Jason, and Perseus; and our most feared monsters: the Minotaur, Medusa, and Polyphemus. The real question is, "were they myth, or based on facts?"
The Minoans and the Mycenaean have long since faded into myth; but their legacy lives on in Greece. Much of the Minoan History is read as a picture book. We have their frescoes, artifacts, and ruins but little of their writing. So this is fantastic opportunity to expose students to a new way of learning—observation, guided questions, reflection, followed with immediate confirmation.
This presentation is geared towards letting the students be archaeologists as the ruins on Crete are excavated. For the 1st quarter of the presentation the students are led slide by slide through excavation. Using observation, guided questions, and reflection the students will learn analytical skills. They will compare their observations of the Minoan ruins, artifacts, and frescoes with that of the archaeologists, historians and scholars. (I have made available a free excerpt of these discussion questions for you to examine—Minoan Frescoes on this site)
The next half of the presentation covers Minoan dare devil sports, religion, myths, international economic trade products and the cataclysm that knocked their civilization out. The Mycenaean Civilization concludes the presentation. They replaced the Minoans as the regional economic powerhouse. They are the ones who fought a ten year war over a women. Their exploits and architecture are nothing short of amazing.
This presentation lays a solid foundation for your unit on Ancient Greece. It hooks the students and keeps them engaged from beginning to end. There are ample opportunities for dialog, academic reflection, writing, and combining interdisciplinary content from language arts, history, economics, and fine arts. It is highly engaging for students from middle school to high school.
This presentation on Ancient Greece includes the following presentations on the Minoan and Mycenae civilizations:
ANCIENT GREECE: The Minoan Civilization
ANCIENT GREECE: Minoan Economics during the Bronze Age
ANCIENT GREECE: the Mycenaean Civilization
(I have made available a free excerpt of these discussion questions for you to examine— Minoan Frescos
on this site) Minoan Frescoes
**Updates and additions in August 2016 include a duplicate presentation without common core standards, a PDF version for printing, PDF handouts of the myths and graphic organizers to use with the presentation. **
PowerPoint Show made in Microsoft 2013
Features include: slide sorter, laser pointer, digital pen, high lighter, and presenter’s notes. This makes it possible to add or highlight notes directly onto the slides. It is possible to check out these features on the preview, by right clicking on the screen. A tool box will appear so that you can experiment with the various tools. As an added bonus, a Table of Contents with hyperlinks will aid with navigating the power point show over a multi-day presentation.
The Minoan Civilization
-Architecture at Knossos
-Minoan Recreational Activities
-Minoan Economics during the Bronze Age
-Akrotiri, site of a Volcanic Cataclysm
-Discoveries by Heinrich Schliemann
3 versions of the product
2 PowerPoint Shows
-1 with the history and common core standards
-1 without the standards
-1 PDF version of the PowerPoint Presentation
2 graphic organizers to use during the presentation
-6 page handout of Minoan Myths
-- Queen Pasiphaë and the White Bull
-- Daedalus & Icarus
--Theseus and the Minotaur
-2 handouts that correspond with group reflection questions from the presentation
-2 pages of kid friendly internet sites
-1 page of movie recommendations for the class
156 Presenter’s notes
+100 different pictures
-75 for Minoan Civilization
-27 for Mycenaean Civilization
10 academic vocabulary slides
4 standards based questions w/ answers
7 graphic organizers
-time line, Venn diagram, Plot Diagram, T chart, 3 columns, brain storm map, cluster map
+20 pair and class discussion opportunities
8 Writing Activities
-5 informal paragraphs
-2 Formal writing activities
-1 summary of a myth
-1 reflection concerning governments and international trade
It would be easy to parlay the writing activities into a report or essay on the Bronze Age civilizations of the Aegean Sea.
*2 pages of interactive web sites, You Tube videos, related academic DVD’s, and DVD’s on Minoan & Mycenaean myths.
It depends on how much time is allocated to discussions and writing activities.
Teaching time: about 4-6 days
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