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Students examine the accomplishments of Alexander the Great. In this ancient civilizations lesson plan, students research the life and leadership of Alexander the Great. Students then script and perform modern news conferences, talk shows, or interviews with Alexander the Great.
Before one can understand the military tactics practiced throughout history, he needs to become familiarized with tactics practiced in the ancient past. Learners take a critical look at the military logistics used by Alexander the Great as he conquered Asia Minor and India, and how Scipio Africanus took New Carthage from Hannibal. The lesson plan culminates with a research paper or presentation and a self -assessment activity. Th lesson plan has excellent resources, is well written, and builds a solid foundation for later learning.
“We alone regard a man who takes no interest in public affairs, not as a harmless but as a useless character.” Pericles’ comment, part of a funeral speech, sets the tone for a unit study of Ancient Greece. A series of activities generates interest as class members investigate important figures like Alexander the Great, the daily life of citizens, and key events. Fill-in-the-notes worksheet, designed to accompany the PowerPoints, are included in the packet, as are a list of terms, a project list, a project rubric, study guide, and unit test. The culminating project, a historical newspaper, could also be designed as a group project with individuals producing the various sections of the paper. Be sure to enable pop-ups.
Through a series of activities, learners are exposed to how artists use symbolic imagery to create the narrative of a subject’s life. They study The Birth of Alexander and some manuscripts kept at J. Paul Getty Museum. They then draft their own narrative about a historic figure and use visual symbols to create an image that communicates this story.
Students explore world history by completing timeline activities in class. In this Ancient Greece lesson, students identify the geography of Greece and view timeline lectures of the Greek Empires. Students view a video about Greece and color in a map of the location with their class.
Students research a historic leader and analyze how a philosopher's writings influenced the ruler in an essay. In this philosophy of government lesson plan, students view a video and participate in a class discussion on how great thinkers influence great leaders. Pairs research the influence of a philosopher on a leader by researching on the Internet. Students write a 500-700 word essay based on their findings.
Students explore the history of libraries. In this ancient civilizations lesson, students consider the work of Ptolemy to build a library in Alexandria. Students discuss the availability of books then and today. Students also discuss how libraries have impacted the world and what may happen to them in the future.