ancientgreecelarts Language Arts
The Language Arts component of the Ancient Greece unit will be comprised of three components: Literature, Writing, and Research.

Literature: During the Literature portion of the Ancient Greece unit, students will both read and be read to from Bullfinch’s Mythology. They will be exposed to at least five different stories of Greek gods and goddesses, and literature analysis will consist of small group discussions, large group discussions, and reading journals. Emphasis will be placed on comparing reoccurring themes throughout Greek mythology and other familiar forms, including Christian doctrine, with which the students may be familiar. Students will examine characters, plot, theme, and setting, and derive common essential elements from all of the works read. This also will be done through small and large group discussions, reading journals, as well as charting and graphically displaying their findings.

Writing: After students have completed the readings assigned in the Literature component, they will be expected to apply their knowledge in their choice of one of two writing assignments. They may either: create a dramatic presentation of one of the stories, using the classic Greek ideals of conservation of drama; or, may write a narrative of a newly created god or goddess, using the standard elements of Greek mythology derived from the previous literature lessons. Students will create their works on either Playwrite! Software fore drama writings, or Microsoft Word for narrative writings. Students will use process-writing steps of revising and editing each other’s work before the final draft is created. The students will then give staged readings of their works for the rest of the class.

Research: The class will create an Ancient Greek Museum that will be open to the other classes in that grade. Students will use a variety of media, including internet and text-based sources, to find information about a specific area of Greek cultural and material history, such as clothing, food, weaponry, health care, housing, education, trade, etc. The students’ responsibilities will have three parts: First, the student will create a three-dimensional model of an Ancient Greek artifact found during the Golden Age. This may be a replica (a copy of an artifact made with present-day materials) or a scale model of a larger material good, such as housing, transportation, etc. Secondly, the student will create a museum plaque explaining the purpose and use of the artifact, using an expository essay form to write the information. Thirdly, the student must be prepared to share the information with museum visitors. This can be achieved in two ways: the student may give an oral presentation to those visitors who stop at his or her exhibit, or the student may prepare a Power Point presentation of the information that the visitor may self-direct.

Etymology: Students will understand the importance of the influence of Greek language upon our contemporary American English by using basic Greek root words, suffixes and prefixes as spelling and vocabulary lessons. An online computer game using these vocabulary and spelling lists can be reached by accessing the  games on the main web page of this list
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