(materials: links and books on history)
a. Students will construct a Time Line with column headings to include:
1. Early Greek Culture (2,000 to 1,100 BCE)
2. The Dark Age (1,100 to 800 BCE)
3. The Archaic Period (800 to 470 BCE)
4. The Classical Age (470 to 336 BCE)
5. The Hellenistic Period (336 to 200 BCE)
Leave enough space below these headings to include information as it is presented in class and through Traveling Classroom.
b. Minoans. Find out about the Minoans and their accomplishments
1. Put Minoan dates on the Time Line.
2. Read “Theseus and the Minotaur”
3. Math activity: Define labyrinth and then create one using a straight edge or a compass.
4. As a class, brainstorm a 5-8 step sequential story.
5. Put the story of King Minos into a storyboard or rolling film. Using cooperative groups, assign each group a part of the story to tell and illustrate.
6. Student Journal: Pretend you are a Greek. Do you believe the story of King Minos? Why? Why not?
7. Student Journal: Pretend you are a citizen of Knossos. Write a diary describing how you feel about the volcano, earthquakes and tidal waves that are destroying your civilization.
8. Read the story of Icarus.
c. Mycenaeans. Find out about the Mycenaeans and their accomplishments
1. Put Mycenaean dates on the Time Line, as well as any other dates you have decided are important.
2. Discuss in groups the contributions of this society.
3. Greek Alphabet: give each student a handout showing upper and lower case Greek characters, names and modems. Make name tags for student desks with Greek on one side and English on the other.
4. Compare the Mycenaeans with the Minoans.
5. Research Greek sailing vessels. Build models or draw pictures.
6. After studying available resources about the Mycenaeans, ask students to theorize why their civilization didn’t last.
d. Follow the same track with other civilizations involved in the history of Greece. Traveling Classroom will provide additional questions and activities as the project continues.
e. Writing: Make a list of ancient Greek historians, poets, philosophers, etc., pronouncing all the names to provide familiarity. Have each student choose one, and then research and write a mini-report