This Powerpoint covers the life and career of Alexander the Great, starting with his shildhood. As with a lot of the more tragic/epic events in history, such as wars, I like to present this as a timed slide show that tells the story through pictures and text. Making this especially effective is accompanying it with somewhat somber music to set the proper mood. The effect I'm trying to achieve is the sort that Ken Burns creates in his documentaries.
When I first tried this approach, I was surprised at how much my students liked it. Therefore I've applied it to my lessons on the Byzantine Empire, the Crusades, the disastrous process and results of colonization in Africa, and virtually all my art slide lectures and major wars in history. It can be run as a timed presentation on its own, presented slide by slide for discussion, or integrated into your other lectures.
This packet also contains the author’s own research notes which contain lots of details and interesting trivia to spice up your class. There are also notes on the logistics of getting Alexander's army across Asia and back. These notes alone should get across what a remarkable accomplishment his anabasis was.
NOTE: If this Powerpoint doesn’t come in the new color scheme, it comes with one slide that has the whole flowchart in the newer color scheme, if you want to convert the other slides. I’m in the process of converting all the Powerpoints to the new color scheme over the next year. Check the free preview to see if this particular lesson has been converted yet.
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