The Origins of Greek Civilizations: From the Bronze Age to the Polis, ca. 2500-600 B.C.E.
A document-based teaching unit
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These three units span several grade levels. Older students learn how historians use archaeological evidence to reconstruct the history of Mycenae, Crete, and Troy. They read documentary evidence describing the founding of a Greek polis in Africa. Younger students delve into Homer’s Odyssey with a variety of projects. Some examples are: making puppets, "throwing" pottery, writing stories, publishing an Odyssey newspaper, writing epic poems, drawing murals and cartoons, and making maps.
Lesson 1: The Minoan Civilization of Crete
Lesson 2: Evaluating Evidence: The Decline of Minoan Civilization
Lesson 3: Mycenae
Lesson 4: The Trojan War: Causes
Lesson 5: The Trojan War: Archaeology
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