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Ancient Greek City States Lesson


Ancient Greek City States Lesson

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A student-driven Internet research lesson for middle school students. The lesson lines up with Michigan state standards for learning. Students explore websites and answer specific questions about Athens and Sparta. Areas of study include: Religion, Government, Labor/Social Structure, Technology, and Communication. Students work in small groups to create a PowerPoint Presentation to display their knowledge.
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Date Added to MERLOT: November 05, 2011
Date Modified in MERLOT: October 26, 2016
Keywords: internet research, lesson, middle school, Greece, Sparta, Athens


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Avatar for Amanda Kain
5 years ago

Amanda Kain (Teacher (K-12))

This lesson has a clear problem or need and real-world performance.  I like that students get to choose their final assessment.  Although, it would help if there was a rubric to guide students to what they need to have in their final product.  The guiding questions are very helpful to use throughout the lesson to help students along.  Although, it is not clear how to assess the students throughout the lesson.  The method is very clear and easy to follow.  I like the changes you made after the evaulation.  Showing the clip of the movie 300 is a great way to engage the students.  The meaningfulness is also a positive in this lesson.  It is very important for students to learn about other cultures because it makes them well-rounded citizens.  The age, skill level, and use of technology are all appropriate to the lesson.  The set of essential content could be more specific about what exactly they will learn about Ancient Greece.  This could be included on a rubric.  This is a great lesson that I would definitely use if a little more detail was added and a rubric was made.

Time spent reviewing site: 25 minutes

Avatar for John Hertel
5 years ago

John Hertel (Teacher (K-12))

Positive Feedback: The lesson plan does a good job of providing specific examples (government and architecture) in the real-world performance section. The lesson provides a clear and detailed instructional objective. The lesson provides numerous choices for assessment products and gives some specific technology to use, including Glogster, Prezi, and PowerPoint. The lesson provides a specific step by step method for participants to learn. The lesson provides for a last step of filling in gaps in learning that were noticed during evaluation. Novelty piece of motivation reaches out to students through the use of a popular culture example, the movie 300. The lesson provides opportunity for students to work together and to gain socialization through small group activities. The lesson is developed for an appropriate audience and it provides detailed information about student prerequisite skills, including Internet and group work skills. Technology needs are appropriate for the creator’s environment and for many current educational environments.

Critical Feedback: The set of essential content could be more detailed, especially in regard to specific content about Ancient Greece. Evaluation information does not mention a rubric or standard set of grading guidelines. The lesson is detailed but lacks detailed information about the product that is expected to be turned in by students. Meaningfulness of motivation is limited in spectrum and does not show evidence of reaching students of different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Pleasant consequences section of motivation is also limited in spectrum.

Technical Remarks:

Good job of adding "Greek City States Guiding Questions," but hyperlinks did not work for me.

Time spent reviewing site: 45 Minutes