Students learn about the conditions that led to the Peloponnesian War in the aftermath of the Persian Wars by experiencing it themselves! They play the roles of five Greek city-states in small groups, read about the background of the Peloponnesian War and the tensions/interactions between the city-states, then conduct diplomacy with each other to form treaties. The simulation finishes with students completing a debriefing discussion and writing activity to compare the simulation to the history.
By the end of the simulation, students have a deep understanding of why the Peloponnesian War was fought, who the main players were, and what the main issues were. Interestingly, the outcome of the student simulation is almost always the same as the historical reality! You'll be amazed at how intense your students get in this simulation, all the while soaking in the complexities of detailed historical interactions.
A detailed teacher instruction sheet is included that will help you guide the students through each stage of the simulation, as well as the following student handouts:
- Background Guide
- Preparation Worksheet
- Instructions Handout
- Treaty Worksheets
- Debriefing Questions
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