Friday, May 2, 2014

Becoming Ancient Greek

Becoming Ancient Greek: Investigative Research Activity  Do you ever wish life was like a Magic Tree House book, where you could be magically transported to another time and place? Do you ever wonder what it would have been like to have actually lived during the time of the ancient civilizations we've studied this year? Well, today is your chance. Today you will enter a virtual time machine and assume the identity of an Ancient Greek. You will investigate the details of your daily life, from the clothes you wear to the food you eat, to your place in Greek society. Ultimately, you will integrate your gathered research into a first-person narrative account of your life, told through a written series of journal entries. 

Today, however, you focus on establishing who you are and uncovering the details of your life. Before you begin, you must make some decisions. Are you male or female? Are you an adult or a child? Do come from Sparta, Athens, or some other Greek polis or colony? Are you a wealthy aristocrat, a small farmer, a merchant, artisan, or possibly a slave? Once you've established the basic details of your identify, you can dig deeper and locate the more specific and applicable information to help you form a more complete picture of who you are.

To help you start thinking about what Greek identify you may want to assume and to understand what life may have been like for the Ancient Greeks in general, watch the video below.

You will use the document here to record the details of your background you discover during your research today. It also includes some guiding questions that you may want to consider during your investigation. The websites linked below include great information about what life was like for the Ancient Greeks. I also have a large collection of actual books (with pages) in the front of the classroom that you are welcome to peruse. As you explore your various sources, look for authentic details that you think would help create a more complete portrait of your Ancient Greek identify, and record those details on your document. You will use the details next week when you begin writing your series of journal entries written from the perspective of an Ancient Greek.