Unit/Chapter Title: Ancient Greece and the Greek World Course: World Studies

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Unit/Chapter Title: Ancient Greece and the Greek World

Course: World Studies

Unit Length: 2.5 weeks

Date Created: November 14, 2011

List Relevant ACT/Common Core Standards (numbers and letters):

Key Ideas and Details(2)

The student determines the main ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; summarize how key events or ideas develop over the course of a text.

Key Ideas and Details (1)

The student cites specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.

Craft and Structure (4)

The student determines the meaning of words and phrases in a text, including the vocabulary describing political, economic, or social aspects of history.

Key Ideas and Details (2)

The student determines the main ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; summarize how key events or ideas develop over the course of a text.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas (7, 8, 9)
The student integrates quantitative or technical information presented in maps, timelines, and videos with other information in a print or digital text.
The student analyzes in detail a series of events described in a text and the causes that link the events; distinguish whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
The student compares and contrasts treatments of the same topic in several points.

Unit Components/Sub-Headings

Rise of Greek City States

Conflict in the Greek World

Glory that was Greece

Alexander the Great

Unit Vocabulary/ Concepts/Topics

  • Polis, acropolis, citizen, monarchy, aristocracy, oligarchy, phalanx, Sparta, Athens, democracy, tyrant, legislature,

Unit Vocabulary/ Concepts/Topics

  • alliance, Pericles, direct democracy, stipend, jury ostracism,

Unit Vocabulary/ Concepts/Topics

  • philosopher, logic, rhetoric, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Parthenon, Herodotus,

Unit Vocabulary/ Concepts/Topics
Alexander the Great, Phillip II, assassination, assimilate, heliocentric, Hippocrates

Learner/Performance Objectives: The student will . . . Assessments/Evidence (Placement and Frequency)

  1. Define and use unit vocabulary.

  2. Understand about the development of the modern alphabet, establishment and development of democracy.

  3. Understand how geography influenced the Greek city-states.

  4. Analyze Greek military society (Sparta/phalanx).

  5. Define the three types of government that developed in the Greek city-states.

  6. Compare and contrast Sparta and Athens

  7. Sequence the order of events in how the Greeks defeated the Persians

  8. Explain how Pericles instituted a direct democracy in Athens.

  9. Examine the life military strategies and conquest of Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic age.

  10. Analyze the Philosophies of the great Greek thinkers, focusing on Plato.

  11. Identify the culture and values shared by Greeks.

Closed-ended selected response (e.g., multiple choice, matching, true/false)

Various quizzes and Tests

Open-ended constructed response (e.g., fill-in-the-blank, short answer, label, graphic)

Various Graphic Organizers (compare and contrast)

Products (e.g., essay, model, project)

Exploring Greek Philosophers Computer based Project-Power Point

Process-focused (e.g., conferences, observations, logs)

Cornell Notes and Summary frames



World History textbook,

computer lab

All-in-one teaching resources (section summaries 2, 3, 4, 5)

Compare and contrast organzier

Select/Create Relevant WICOR Strategies/Targets (AVID)







  1. Explanatory/Informative

  2. Persuasive/Argumentative

  3. Research

  4. Functional (e.g., letters, directions, technical content-related pieces)

  5. Summary (Use summary frames)

  6. Additional Summary Prompts

  • Describe it

  • Compare it

  • Associate it

  • Analyze it

  • Apply it

  • Argue for/ against it

  • Relate it

  • Trace/ sequence it

  • Predict it

  • Create/ invent it

  • Define it

  • Solve it

  1. investigating relevant issues

  2. exploring intriguing situations

  3. problem solving

  4. creating

  5. skilled questioning

  6. Socratic seminars

  7. quick writes

  8. discussion

  9. critical thinking activities

  10. open-minded activities

  11. Web-Quests

  12. Virtual Field Trips

  1. paraphrase and listen attentively to one another

  2. clarify or expand a proposition

  3. create/invent something together

  4. teach each other (Reciprocal teaching)

  5. Think—Pair—Share

  6. go-arounds

  7. group projects

  8. student groups Jigsaw activities

  9. cooperative learning strategies

  10. read-arounds

  11. response/edit/revision groups

  12. peer editing

  13. group assessments- with both individual/group grades games

  14. group presentations

  1. Self-assessment

  2. Planning/time management

  3. Goal setting

  4. Decision making

  5. Problem solving

  6. Homework

  7. Storage and retrieval skills

  8. Keeping track of progress

  9. Has needed materials in class

Reading Skills

  1. Main Idea

  2. Significant Details

  3. Sequential/Order Relationships

  4. Comparison Relationships

  5. Cause and Effect Relationships

  6. Understanding and Using Words

  7. Generalizations and Drawing Conclusions

  8. Problem-Solution Relationships

  9. Interpreting Instructions

  10. Author’s Purpose and Techniques, and Devices

  11. Understanding and using maps, charts, and graphs

  12. Literary Analysis (i.e., plot, characterization, conflict, setting, theme)

Sample Strategies

  1. Activating and building background information

  2. Explicitly teaching vocabulary

  3. Monitoring comprehension and metacognition

  4. Graphic and semantic organizers

  5. Generating questions and answering questions

  6. Recognizing text/story structure

  7. Summarizing and extended written responses to reading

  8. Reciprocal teaching

  9. Cooperative learning

  10. Mental Imagery

Select/Create Adaptations/Accommodations/Differentiation Select/Create Corrective and Enrichment Activities/Practices/Strategies


How will you vary what students will learn and the materials that represent the content?


How will you vary activities through which students make sense of key ideas using essential skills?


How will you vary the way students demonstrate and extend what they understand and can do as a result of a span of learning?

Learning Environment

How will you vary the classroom conditions that set the climate, expectations for learning, and physical conditions?



•alternative textbooks

•alternative materials


•study guides

•academic games (crossword puzzles, simulations)

•small group study sessions

•individual tutoring

•learning centers and laboratories

•technology-assisted instruction (e.g., Podcasts, computers, video)


•tutoring peers

•developing practice exercises

•developing related media materials

•completing special projects, experiments

•developing games, problems, and contests

•using advanced computer-assisted lessons

•locating background materials for future or current topics

•developing additional formative assessments

•planning to teach a mini-unit

•creating bulletin boards and displays

•applying knowledge to a new situation

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