It's All Greek To Me!




Welcome to the 6th grade course study on Ancient Greece! Ancient Greek civilization is responsible for introducing the world to democracy, the Olympic games, architecture, theater, and amazing discoveries in science, math, and literature. The world we know today was built on the accomplishments of ancient civilizations. Greek civilization began around 4,000 years ago. Early Greek civilization, like the Minoans and Mycenaeans, were greatly influenced by the geography Greece. Geography often determined how people lived and how their culture developed. This development led to the idea of citizenship and democracy. The Greeks brought us great art and architecture, the myths of the Greek gods, epic adventure stories, and tales of war that you think are only found in movies. As we study ancient Greece, think about how that ancient civilization influences our lives today. Think about the accomplishments of the Greeks that remain a wonder today. Think about what life would have been like if you had lived in ancient Greece. Where would we be without the Greeks?

Course Requirements

For this course, you will need:

  • World History: Journey Across Time textbook
  • Computer with Internet and video/audio playback capabilities
  • Social Studies Notebook
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Color pencils

Course Objectives

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe how the geography of Greece influence the way people lived and how they interacted with others
  • describe the ways that Greeks developed the ideas of citizenship and democracy
  • compare and contrast the meanings of citizenship and democracy in ancient Greece and in America today
  • compare and contrast the city-states of Athens and Sparta
  • describe the role of Greek men and women
  • describe how Athens flourished under the rule of Pericles
  • describe how Greek lives were influenced by religion, the arts, and architecture
  • describe the effects of continuous warfare on ancient Greek civilization
  • identify ways that the some ideas and accomplishments made by ancient Greeks relate to us today
  • identify major contributions to the arts, science, literature, and government made by ancient Greeks

in writing and through participation in hands-on and interactive activities, by using computers, the internet, textbooks, and video as resources.

Unit 1: Introduction to Ancient Greece

Lesson 1: How did the geography of Greece affect early civilizations?

Lesson 2: How did the Minoans and Mycenaeans take advantage of Greece's geography?

Lesson 3: How did the ancient Greeks develop the idea of citizenship?

Unit 2: Exploring Greek Culture

Lesson 1: How did Greek mythology shape the lives of Greeks?

Lesson 2: How did the arts influence the values of the ancient Greeks?

Lesson 3: How did the ancient Greeks express ideas through art and architecture?

Unit 3: Sparta and Athens

Lesson 1: What was it like to live as a Spartan?

Lesson 2: What was most valuable to Athenians?

Lesson 3: What brought Sparta and Athens together?

Unit 4: The Age of Pericles

Lesson 1: How was the Athenian Empire established?

Lesson 2: What role did Pericles play in the development of the Athenian Empire?

Lesson 3: What effect did the Peloponnesian War have on the Athenian Empire?

Review Activities

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