Byzantine Empire Mosaics Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
This lesson plan uses a couple of mini-activities, a large activity, an extension, a quiz, and discussion questions to teach your students about Byzantine art.

Learning Objectives

Using this lesson's suggested activities, extension, quiz, and discussion questions your students must be able to:

  • Explain the rise and importance of Byzantine art
  • Describe why so much of this art has been lost to history
  • Identify the symbolism within major pieces of Byzantine art


30-60 minutes without the activity


  • Rigid/thick and colorful cardboard
  • Colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • White poster board

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


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