Ch 6: Ancient Greece: AP World History Lesson Plans

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The Ancient Greece chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about ancient Greek culture, governments and myths in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Ancient Greece chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayBronze Age civilizationMinoan civilization and its mysterious end, Mycenaean culture and evolution of the Greek colonies
TuesdayGreek epics, myths and religionGreek gods and goddesses; Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey
WednesdayGreek city-states and societyCommon characteristics of Greek communities, unique features of Sparta and the role of slaves and women in Greek society
ThursdayGreek alphabet, architecture and art Corinthian, Doric and Ionic columns; Greek sculpture and pottery; and the history of the alphabet
FridayThe birth of history and philosophyHerodotus' account of the Persian War, phalanx warfare and pre-Socratic philosophy

16 Lessons in Chapter 6: Ancient Greece: AP World History Lesson Plans
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The Minoans

1. The Minoans

The Minoan culture dispersed across the Mediterranean during the Bronze Age around 2700 BCE, and Sir Arthur Evans discovered evidence of their existence in 1900 on the island of Crete. Learn about Minoan society, including trade, art, and writing, the palace system, and the three theories for what caused the decline of Minoan civilization in the 15th century BCE.

History of the Alphabet: From Cuneiform to Greek Writing

2. History of the Alphabet: From Cuneiform to Greek Writing

Cuneiform writing, which first appeared in 3,500 BCE, eventually evolved into the much easier-to-read Greek alphabet. Learn about the history of the alphabet, the problems of cuneiform, and how the Greeks created vowels to write poetry and improve readability.

The Iliad: Greek Epic

3. The Iliad: Greek Epic

The Iliad is a Greek epic poem written by Homer and contains 15,000 lines of verse. Discover the concept of Xenia, learn about the characters of Paris, Helen, Achilles, Agamemnon, Patroclus, and Hector, and explore the themes of the Iliad.

The Odyssey: Greek Epic

4. The Odyssey: Greek Epic

'The Odyssey' is a Greek epic poem by Homer. Explore the plot of this poem and its characters including Odysseus, and consider how this poem relates to Greek culture and literary works throughout history.

Bronze Age Greece: Schliemann's Quest for Troy

5. Bronze Age Greece: Schliemann's Quest for Troy

Mycenae and Troy are two of the most legendary cities in Ancient Greece. Learn about the discovery of these cities' archaeological sites and how the findings contributed to the present historical knowledge on the Bronze Age in Greece.

From Mycenae's Collapse to Greek Colonization

6. From Mycenae's Collapse to Greek Colonization

Around 1200 BCE, the Bronze Age collapse had a profound impact on Mediterranean civilizations, and the decline in literacy led to the creation of a new alphabet. Learn about Mycenae at the height of its glory, the Dorian invasion, Greece in the Dark Ages, and how Greek colonization spread along the Mediterranean.

Greek Myth and Religion

7. Greek Myth and Religion

Greek religion was based on a universal pantheon of anthropomorphic gods and their myths. Learn about Greek religion versus modern religion, Hesiod's 'Theogony' and the creation of earth, the Titans, Olympians, and demigods, and the mortals and their gods.

Greek City-States and Governments

8. Greek City-States and Governments

In ancient Greece, a city-state, or polis, was the major center of government. Compare the geographies and governments of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece, then explore the Greek city-states' constitutions, acts of colonialism, and fixation on competition.

Women of Greece

9. Women of Greece

While the Greeks are considered to be responsible for starting many of the great aspects of Western culture, they largely treated women as second-class citizens. Learn more about the role of Greek women during the Archaic and Classical periods, and some of the surprising rights women had in Greek society including inheriting land, getting divorced, and a small amount of trading.

Ancient Greek Art, Pottery and Sculpture

10. Ancient Greek Art, Pottery and Sculpture

The triumph of Ancient Greek art lay in the technical skill and creative genius of the artists. Learn about the early foundations of Greek art and two mediums the Greeks came to master: pottery and sculpture.

Ancient Greek Architecture: Dorian, Ionic & Corinthian

11. Ancient Greek Architecture: Dorian, Ionic & Corinthian

Ancient Greek architecture heavily focuses on columns for their designs for different buildings and these columns can be classified as Dorian, Ionic, or Corinthian. Learn about different orders of Greek columns and the various types of buildings constructed in Ancient Greece.

The Birth of Philosophy: The Presocratics

12. The Birth of Philosophy: The Presocratics

Ancient philosophy arose from the careful observation of reality by deep thinkers who lived more than 200 years before the births of the great Greek philosophers like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and are collectively referred to as Presocratics. Learn more about the Presocratics and the birth of philosophical thought among the Monists, Pythagoreans, Eleatics, Pluralists, and Atomists.

Phalanx Warfare in Ancient Greece

13. Phalanx Warfare in Ancient Greece

In Ancient Greece, phalanx warfare involved lines of soldiers (or hoplites) behind shields and armed with long spears. Learn about early war tactics, how the Greeks trained and regarded their armies, and the design of phalanx warfare.

History of Sparta

14. History of Sparta

The whole life of a Spartan warrior is a preparation for his duty and role in his society. Discover Sparta's crisis, Lycurgus' significance in the formation of Spartan society, what Agoge is, and the Sparta Caste system.

Birth of History: Herodotus' Persian War

15. Birth of History: Herodotus' Persian War

Herodotus' history of the Persian War is the first contemporary record of wars. Learn about contemporary history versus historical records, Herodotus and his account of the Persian conflict with the Greeks, as well as Darius the Great versus Athens, Xerxes and the Battle of Thermopylae, and the Battle of Salamis.

Slavery in Ancient Greece

16. Slavery in Ancient Greece

Although Ancient Greece was the birthplace of democracy, it was also a society that widely practiced slavery in various forms, including serfdom and chattel slavery. Although Athenian slaves were given some unexpected freedoms, they were still viewed and treated as less than human under the law.

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