This is one of my favorite lessons on the Greeks. It uses the discovery of the palace at Knossos by the archaeologist Arthur Evans as the home of the Minoan people and the possible home of Theseus’ minotaur.
Kids absolutely love finding out all the clues Arthur Evans unearthed and how these lead to a possible interpretation that this was where the minotaur lived. I think it’s fascinating too!
This lesson could be used as part of a unit on the ancient Greeks, as part of a study of myths or as a lesson on skills of historical interpretation.
It includes a prezi to lead you and the students through the lesson and clues with a one page detailed accompanying teacher guide. There are three activities which you could use to differentiate or with different grade levels. You could spread this lesson out over a couple of periods or present the lesson in class and have them finish the activities for homework.
I hope you and your kids love this lesson as much as mine always have.