Friday, May 1, 2015

What's So Great About Alexander?

 Today's Learning Objective  Trace the rise of Alexander the Great and the spread of Greek culture. 

Warm-Up Today we will be learning about one of the most famous and powerful figures in world history: Alexander the Great. Read a short description of Alexander's life and achievements at Ducksters and then share something you learned about the man on your class's Padlet wall. Period 4, your Padlet wall is here. Period 6, you can find your wall here.  

Alexander the Great Video Hour Let's continue to learn about Alexander the Great through a series of humorous historical videos.The first is from the team at Crash Course; the second is from the creative minds of Horrible Histories. What sort of portrait is being painted of Alexander? Does he come across as 'great' in your mind? If you have any new ideas or things you've learned about Alexander the Great, you may add them to your class's Padlet wall. 

Group Discussion: Is Alexander Great or Not So Great? Today you and the members of your team are going to discuss Alexander the Great's achievements and whether they indicate greatness or something else entirely.In your Language Arts folders I have placed guidelines for "Scholarly Discourse." Feel free to use them to help guide your conversation with your classmates.Make a point to express your ideas using academic language, build upon each other's ideas, ask clarifying questions, and even disagree with each other in a scholarly manner.