Essential Questions

Why is it important to learn about the past?

How are the decisions of people from thousands of years ago still impacting us today?

Do textbooks tell the true story?

Unit Description

In this unit learners will explore the civilization of Ancient Greece to learn how the ideas, events, architecture, laws and religion of this civilization continues to impact the world today. Students will focus on the legacy of Ancient Greece and determine whether textbooks typically tell the true story.

Learning Objectives

Students will know:

  • Not everyone was a citizen in Ancient Greece

  • Not everyone was a citizen in ancient Greece

  • Geographic factors can contribute to or impede the movement of people, products and ideas.

  • Greek democracy influenced the structure and function of modern democratic governments.

  • Historians attempt to describe events through the perspectives of those living at the time.

  • Individuals and groups often hold differing perspectives on issues, both historic and contemporary.

  • Ancient Greece was a peninsula and several islands located in the Mediterranean, Aegean and Ionian Seas


Students will be able to:

  • Cite examples of geographic factors

  • Describe how geographic factors can promote or impede the movement of people, products and ideas.

  • Cite responsibilities of citizens of ancient Greece

  • Demonstrate how maps and other geographic representations can be used to trace the development of human settlement from past to present

  • Explain how Greek democracy influenced the structure and function of modern democratic government

  • Identify examples of the legacy of ancient Greeks

  • Locate Ancient Greece on a world modern map.