Ancient Greek Art & Architecture Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Teachers, this lesson will explore Grecian art and architectural styles. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete a paper mache Grecian art structure and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain the history of Greek art and architecture
  • Identify the three types of Grecian architectural styles
  • Create a paper mache Grecian structure

Length

60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.1

Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.3

Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).

Materials

Vocabulary

  • amphorae
  • golden ratio
  • Doric order
  • entablature
  • Parthenon
  • capitals
  • prolific
  • kiln-fired
  • Ionic order
  • Corinthian order

Instructions

  • Prior to the start of this lesson, assign the vocabulary words and review in class.
  • Then begin the lesson by asking students to recall one of Greece's most famous contributions to the world. Allow students to respond.
  • Afterwards distribute a copy of the Ancient Greek Art & Architecture lesson and tell students they are going to learn about Greek art and architecture.
  • Also, explain that while they watch the video, they should follow along with the hard copy and highlight each vocabulary word discussed earlier.
  • Start the Ancient Greek Art & Architecture video, pause at 0:55, then pose the following questions:
    • Describe the influence of Grecian art as explained in the lesson.
    • Now brainstorm and suggest other areas that are influenced by Grecian art.
  • Restart the video and pause at 03:24.
  • Shoulder pair students and assign the following questions:
    • Why were the Greeks considered some of the world's best pottery artists?
    • What was the name of the vases used to transport wine and liquid?
    • Name another profitable purpose of these vases.
  • Allow students to share their responses, then reconvene the class and start the video.
  • Pause the video at 06:17, and using the same shoulder partners, ask these questions:
    • Name and explain the three architectural styles created by the Greeks.
    • What was the Parthenon, and what is it compared to in today's time?
    • Based on the explanation in the video, which one of the three Grecian styles do you like? Explain.
  • Require each pair to share their responses, then reconvene the class and play the remainder of the video.
  • Afterwards, assign the lesson quiz to confirm understanding.

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