Students read a primary source on the Battle of Marathon between Ancient Greece and Persia in 490BC and answer 12 questions of varying levels of difficulty. Then they respond to 3 writing prompts/creative activities while balancing historical accuracy, creativity, and their opinions. This would be great for a sub and the answers are included where appropriate!
Sample questions include:
--Explain why the victory at Marathon was monumental for both Greece and Persia.
--Explain in your own words how Miltiades persuaded Callimachus to vote to engage in battle.
--Why might the Persians be referred to as barbarians? How would the Persians have referred to the Greeks?
--If a national newscaster had been watching the battle from a helicopter, how would he or she have narrated the last 4 full paragraphs for tv viewers? Use no more than 8 sentences in your answer.
--Why does this battle matter today?
--Phidippides likely knew his end was near when he reached Athens. To whom do you think he told the news, what you think he said to convey the Greek victory over the Persians, what was the reaction of the person who received the news?
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