Ancient Greece Unit: Activities & Projects

Ancient Greece Unit: Activities & Projects
Ancient Greece Unit: Activities & Projects
Ancient Greece Unit: Activities & Projects
Ancient Greece Unit: Activities & Projects
Ancient Greece Unit: Activities & Projects
Ancient Greece Unit: Activities & Projects
Ancient Greece Unit: Activities & Projects
Ancient Greece Unit: Activities & Projects
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This bundle includes many engaging, student-centered and thought-provoking activities and projects.

All products include introductions, detailed and specific requirements, and rubrics!

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Interactive Notebook for Ancient Greece: 44 Student-Centered Activities
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These activities will capture the attention of your students and will keep them engaged throughout your lesson. These activities can be completed at any point in the lesson - as a way to engage your students when the bell rings, as a main activity of the lesson or as a way to wrap up your lesson in a meaningful way. The handouts are a great way for you to assess your students' knowledge about the content and their critical thinking skills. The activities focus on ancient Greece and covers the following topics: Minoan & Mycenaean civilizations, democracy, the Council, the Assembly, jurors, generals, Persian War, Athenian citizens, Spartans, city-state of Athens, warships, women, slaves, Hippocrates, Cleisthenes, Pericles, hoplites, Alexander the Great, Peloponnesian War, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Each handout comes with clip art that makes learning even more interesting and enjoyable! Each question comes with a ½ sheet and full sheet option.

Influential Ancient Greeks: Activities & Projects
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Students can complete activities and create projects for the following ancient Greeks: Thales, Pythagoras, Euclid, Hippocrates, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Herodotus, Thucydides, Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Euripides, Cleisthenes, Pericles and Alexander the Great. Click on the link above to discover the twenty activities and projects students can complete.

Democracy in Classical Athens: Non-Fiction Text, Notes, Questions & Projects
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This resource includes everything that your students need to have an in-depth understanding about democracy in Classical Athens. With a focus on the Assembly, the Council, the jury and the generals, this unit contains pre-reading questions, non-fiction reading passages, a note-taking template, a group visual project and an individual help wanted advertisement, along with two rubrics.

Create a Timeline of Ancient Greece
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Timelines are a very important tool to use to visualize major events in a given period in history. Students will create a timeline of important events in ancient Greek history between 2000 B.C.E. & 300 B.C.E. Students will include fourteen significant events from the time period. The resource includes a chronological order activity, a direction sheet with 14 events, a rubric, a timeline template and critical thinking questions.

Write and Present a Talk Show: Four Forms of Government in the Greek City-States
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The talk show that your students will create will include a host who will ask the deep and engaging questions and three guests (famous historical figures who represent the following form of government – monarchy, oligarchy, tyranny and democracy) who will answer in an interesting and detailed way. Your students will improve upon skills such as public speaking, collaboration, writing and research. The product includes a brief introduction, a detailed explanation of the structure of the talk show, a rubric and a list of 12 sample host questions, along with a planning guide and editing checklist.

Athens and Sparta: Compare Two City-States
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Due to advances in time travel, an Athenian and a Spartan will appear in your classroom this week! They are going to have a dialogue (written by your students) where they argue over which city-state should be the best to live in. They’ll focus on six (out of ten) categories to argue the point-of-view. Students will have an opportunity to be creative while using historical evidence. They’ll also practice their presentation skills when they present the dialogue with their partner.

Socrates, Plato and Aristotle Non-Fiction Passages, Notes, Venn Diagram and Book Cover Project
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This resource has everything you need to teach your middle school students about the ancient Greek Philosophers - Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. At the end of this unit, you're students will have an in-depth understanding of their beliefs and teachings. The resource includes pre-reading questions and an answer key, five pages of non-fiction reading passages about the three Greek philosophers, two pages of note-taking template, a Venn diagram and 12 task cards with descriptions of philosophers' beliefs. Additionally, the resource includes a "Create a Book Cover for a Philosopher" project handout, along with a rubric and a book cover template.

Create Currency of Athens
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For this creative project, students will design a new currency for Athens. While there is some freedom to design the new currency, they must follow certain guidelines. Their currency will include a mix of drawings and phrases that all relate to the Golden Age of Athens. The product includes directions, required topics, and four currency templates (half page and full page options). Also included is a two-page chart for students to fill out about the dollar bill. Answer key included!

Travel Brochure of Athens
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The year is 430 B.C.E. and your students come across a “Help Wanted” ad in the newspaper. Tours & Co. is in need of an experienced, knowledgeable and articulate tour guide to teach tourists about the city of Athens during its Golden Age. Your students will design a travel brochure to teach tourists about Athens during its Golden Age.

Training Guide Booklet for the Citizens of Sparta
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The year is 500 B.C.E. and the Council of Elders, the governing body of Sparta, has required that your students, adult Spartan citizens, create a training guide for kids to study before they become Spartan adults.

Classical Athens Newspaper Project
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Your students are going to assume the role of ancient Athenian journalists in order to capture the major issues, events and cultural aspects of ancient Greece. While there is an opportunity to include creative touches, their writing will be based on historical evidence. The resource includes an introduction, a list and description of eight sections (advertisement, editorial, news stories) of the newspaper, along with twelve newspaper templates and a rubric.

Create a Board Game: Classical Athens and Sparta in Ancient Greece
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This is a great group project! Students will create a board game for middle school students that will test their knowledge and have them experience life in Athens and Sparta. Students will design rules, directions, required pieces, question cards and a colorful board game. The product comes with requirements, a rubric, game board templates and game pieces.

Festival of Achievements
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The Festivals and Events Committee will be hosting the first annual festival to celebrate the achievements and discoveries of Athens during its Golden Age. All aspects of the festival have been inspired by those achievements and discoveries. The purpose of the festival is to teach people about the achievements and to celebrate and enjoy them. Your students will plan the festival by creating a brochure. The product includes eight brochure templates.

Alexander the Great – Four Projects
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After learning about Alexander the Great, students will have an opportunity to show off what they learned by completing a project of their choice. The project options include: movie trailer, scrapbook, farewell speech and epic poem. Students can work individually or with a partner depending on their project choice.

Alexander the Great: Hero or Villain Project
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Your students will learn that Alexander the Great was a complex historical figure who had both a positive and negative impact on ancient society. He had many wonderful accomplishments, yet he was also responsible for many negative actions as well. Students will choose to create a poster or write a dialogue between two historical figures to determine if the ruler should be considered a hero or villain.

Create the Book Jacket for Alexander the Great’s Biography
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Your students will create a book jacket for the biography of Alexander the Great, which will include the front cover, spine and back cover of the book.

Create a Real Estate Ad or Commercial for Ancient Greece
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Your students will assume the role of a real estate agent and will convince potential homebuyers to move to ancient Greece. Your students can create a commercial or an advertisement. The product includes an introduction, requirements, advertising strategies, and two rubrics, along with a planning guide and templates.

Classroom Debates About Ancient Greece
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Debates help students improve their skills in the areas of problem solving, critical thinking, communication, teamwork and leadership. Debate questions all pertain to ancient Greece and include topics such as Athens, Sparta, democracy, Alexander the Great and philosophers. For this class activity, students can be divided into eight groups. Two groups will be competing against each other at a time during the classroom debate. There are a total of four debate questions so each student in your class will participate in a debate and will be an audience member for three debates. The resource includes four debate questions, strategies, structure, planning guide for opening statement, planning guide for cross-examination questions, a rubric and a ballot sheet.  

Greek Mythology Biography Poem
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Students will use a combination of historical evidence and creativity to write a biography poem about a chosen Greek god or goddess. The resource includes an introduction, requirements, a list of several gods and goddesses to choose from, a template of ten lines and a rubric.  

Persian Wars: Four Projects
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This resource provides your students with four project options in order for them to showcase what they learned about the Persian Wars. Project options include creating a movie trailer, scrapbook, farewell speech or illustrated epic poem. Each project description includes an introduction, specific requirements and a rubric. For each project students need to refer to the following aspects of the Persian Wars: (1) Causes of the wars, (2) Important people, (3) Significant battles and (4) Effects of the wars.

The Peloponnesian War: Three Projects
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This resource provides your students with three project options in order for them to showcase what they learned about the Peloponnesian War. The projects include a writing assignment (RAFT), an email/inbox project and a biography poem from the about Pericles (Athenian general) or Lysander (Spartan general).

Help Wanted Advertisement: Soldiers of Athens and Sparta
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Your students' task is to create a Help Wanted Advertisement describing the roles and responsibilities of either an Athenian or Spartan soldier. Their goal is to make the job appealing while also making sure to accurately describe the job so qualified people apply. Some requirements of the project include a job description, a list of skills, illustrations and more. Some topics that students should refer to include weapons, hoplites, triremes, cavalry and more.

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