This is one lesson from a sixth grade unit that is designed to help students understand the impact of Ancient Greece on modern-day culture. Included in this lesson are engaging activities that emphasize aspects of Greek culture such as drama, sport, and intellectual pursuits. This lesson includes many options for extension and ideas for further study.

Learning Objectives

(1. Culture; 3. People, Places, and Environments; 6. Power, Authority, and Governance)

Identify and explain the importance of the following key characteristics of civilizations:

  • Culture
  • Government
  • Religion
  • Social structure
  • Stable food supply
  • Technology
  • Writing

Explain the characteristics of the major Greek city-states of Athens and Sparta, including:

  • Advantages of each geographic
  • Status of women
  • Approaches to education
  • Styles of government


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