Episode 102: Classroom Resources (Classical West)

Hello teachers! On this page you’ll find resources for extending the conversations from the podcast into your classroom. Ideas and instructions are explained below but you can also find all resources that were created by me in my Google Drive folder that I have made public for you to use!

Episode 102: The Classical Era in the West, or “that time everyone plagiarized persia”
  • Before/as they listen: Imagining Themselves as EmperorSPICE Chart – Introduction
    1. Pose the following question to students:
      • “Imagine you are a leader in the classical era. You have just conquered millions of square miles of land that includes many different groups of people. They speak different languages, social and political structures, economic resources, and some have historic rivalries or alliances. What policies would you put in place to maintain power within your new empire?”
    2. Have the students use their SPICE chart to come up with at least one policy within each category. They can do this alone or with partners.
    3. Share out and discuss as a class (Would you have slavery? What would your gender roles look like? What do you do with all of the local leaders you’ve just conquered? etc.)
    4. Ask students to keep their list of policies as they listen to the episode and highlight/take note of any of their ideas that were actually implemented by the classical civilizations.
  • In-depth activity: Alexander the Great102 – How great was Alexander the Great?
    1. Discuss: What should a historical figure have to do to get “the Great” added onto their name?
    2. In small groups, look through the documents from the packet and use them to compile a Pro/Con list as a group (On one side: evidence that Alexander WAS great; On the other side: evidence that Alexander WAS NOT great).
    3. After compiling their evidence, ask students to stand up and move to either side of the room depending on whether they believe Alexander deserves the title “the Great.” Ask students to justify their opinion with historical evidence.