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The object of this unit is to win as many group competitions as you can and to have fun while learning about the
Ancient Greeks. The points for the project will be divided between individual and group assignments. However,
all group grades are not the same – if you don’t pull your weight in your group, you do not get full points.
1. Chant
Create a chant (with motions and marching if you want) that reflects the strength and unity of your polis.
2. Banner
Design a banner for your polis. Your banner must incorporate the name of your city-state (written in Greek) and at
least one symbol that represents your polis.
3. Create a Greek God
DUE WEDNESDAY 11/5 (P.2) THURSDAY 11/6 (P.1)
“A Greek city-state devoted itself to a particular god or group of gods in whose honor it built temples. The temple
generally housed a statue of the god or gods. The Greeks honored the city’s gods in festivals and also offered
sacrifices to the gods, usually a domestic animal such as a goat. Stories about the gods varied by geographic
location: A god might have one set of characteristics in one city or region and quite different characteristics
elsewhere.” (Encarta Online Encyclopedia)
Read the handout about Greek gods and oracles. Create (do NOT use a god/goddess that already exists) a patron
god/goddess of your city-state and a prop for him/her (such as Zeus’ lightning rods). You must draw and color
your god (or make a model) AND write a short description that explains what the god represents and what the
symbol stands for. This will be presented to the class.
4. Greek Mythology
Write a myth about how your polis came to be or rose to power. While some of the Greek legends about city-states
are known, I encourage you to be creative and make up your own story. The characteristics of your polis
(geography, accomplishments, culture) should be included. Your myth must be 1-2 typed, double-spaced pages.
This will be presented to the class.
5. Greek Theater
“Theatrical productions were both an expression of civic pride and a tribute to the gods.” (World History:
Perspectives on the Past, 117)
This task in the city-state competition involves writing and performing a play. The plot is up to you, but the subject
is arete (the Greek ideal of striving for excellence, showing courage, and winning fame and honor). Everyone
in your group must have a role and you will perform them in class. You do not have to memorize your roles, but if
you only have one script and have to pass it among yourselves you will be docked points (so make multiple copies
or use note cards!). Along with performing, you must turn in one copy of the script (neatly hand written or typed).
6. Olympics
There will be other group assignments along the way (such as a crossword and/or other daily challenges).
There will be other individual assignments over the next couple of weeks, but these are the bigger ones..
1. Seminar of Plato’s Apology
This will be done in class with an individual reflection after the seminar.
2. Greek Study Guide and Test
There will be a Greece test (which you’ll get a study guide for) at the end of the unit.
3. Evaluations
Each student will evaluate individual and group contributions and participation in the Greek city-state contribution.