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Greek Power (May / June 2003)

Teacher Guide prepared by: Nancy I. Colamussi, Elementary Education, B.S., M.A., Rocky Point School District, Long Island, New York.
Teacher's Note:
This Guide contains project ideas, short answer, extended response, and a matching section. The variation is designed to have the children think critically, as well as to test their comprehension. An answer key to the matching can be found at the end of the guide.

Extended Response: Comprehension & Critical Thinking
The questions below can be used as written, simply answered in complete sentences, or easily transformed into longer essay (ELA) style questions, or even research topics. In any case, have the students support their answers with details from the text or use critical thinking skills to create a thorough and interesting answer. Consider the level of your students when deciding how to use the questions.

"An Ancient Hangout" p. 6-9
  1. Every Greek city had one main center called the agora. Explain what this was and why it was an important part of Greek life.
  2. Write about a place in your school or your community that serves as the agora. Explain the part that it plays in your daily life.
  3. Project (Individual or Group): Pretend you are on the planning board of your town. Design an agora for the community. What would be included in it? How would it be decorated? What would take place there? (Create a sketch or a model to demonstrate your idea.)
"The Other Side of the Coin" p. 10-13
  1. Explain the differences and similarities between excavation and survey archeology. Use a Venn diagram to organize this information.
  2. List the types of professionals that may take part in a survey. Write about ways that they could work together to discover important information about a site.
  3. What is the goal of the EKAS?
  4. What is the goal of the APKAS?
  5. What are the archeologists trying to understand about the small Greek Islands they are studying? What conclusion would you draw?
"If at First you Don't Succeed . . . " p. 16-21
  1. Project: Read the article on pages 16-21 and create a timeline from 650 B.C. to 570 B.C. Use the information in the article and fill in the gaps with your own conclusions about this time period. Be sure to use different colored pens to differentiate between actual facts and your own thoughts.
  2. Write a well-structured persuasive essay based on the archeologists' finds at Abdera telling of the fate of the ancient people there. Draw your own conclusions based on the evidence presented. Your conclusion must be a logical possibility.
"The Greeks Take Sicily" p. 22-25
Match the vocabulary words marked 1-10 with the correct definition in column A - J.

_____1. rochicella A. standard house design in the city of Palike.
_____2. Palici B. the city that King Ducetius founded on top of the hill at the Palici.
_____3. plateia C. In Greek mythology, the daughter of Hephaestus, the God of Fire.
_____4. stenopoi D. Pools of water, where according to legend, a suspect's guilt or innocence can be determined.
_____5. pastas house E. smaller streets, running North to South, perpendicular to the main street.
_____6. Palike F. sacred spot, honored as the birthplace of the twin Gods.
_____7. Zeus G. In Greek mythology, the King of the Gods.
_____8. Thalia H. Italian for 'the little hill'.
_____9. Duectuius I. Principle (main) street running East to West.
_____10. Delloi J. Greek leader of the Sicilian people in the mid fifth century B.C.


"Mosaic Keepers" p. 26-29
  1. What were some of the factors that determined the appearance of a mosaic?
  2. What have conservators and archeologists been working together to accomplish?
  3. Explain the role of the Getty Conservation Institute.
  4. What are some of the specific tasks that the trainees carry out in order to help preserve the mosaics?
  5. Project (Individual or Group): Read the definition of a mosaic on page 28. Use tiny colored squares of paper to create a mosaic that represents something special to you.
"Outreach at Isthmia" p. 32
Critical Thinking Essay: Based on the article on page 32, what do you think that the archeologists uncover at the ancient site of the Isthmian Games? Give reasons to support your answers.
ANSWER KEY
"The Greeks Take Sicily"
  1. H
  2. F
  3. I
  4. E
  5. A
  6. B
  7. G
  8. C
  9. J
  10. D
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