This unit was written as an in-depth look at classical cultures and their far-reaching impacts. It will specifically consider the impact of classical culture on modern-day American society. The difference between written and unwritten history, along with variances between the two, will also be considered. Students will look at written history, and maps to understand the major political, philosophical, and cultural influences of Ancient Greece and Rome. They will discover the fundamental ideas and institutions of Western civilizations that originated in Greece and Rome with the purpose of understanding their own society better. The unit will culminate with a project that allows for in-depth discussion and analysis of these two important ancient cultures; the project also requires comparing and contrasting ancient culture with modern-day American society.
Matthies, Kari, "The Classical World: Greece and Rome [7th-8th grades]" (2012). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. 213.