The following lesson plan offers a very unique set of activities focused on both world history and people with diverse needs in ancient society.
Students will engage in a pre-teaching activity to learn important lesson and unit vocabulary featured as “brick”, “mortar”, and “disciplinary words” to focus on the few words most necessary to understanding the essential question of the lesson. Similar to tiered SEI vocabulary words, the lesson models the importance of targeting key vocabulary to increase students academic vocabulary and language and content objectives.
Next, the teacher will spark student interest by projecting a primary source image of a Zeus statue and sharing a short, school appropriate clip from the movie “300” to illustrate the Greek ideal of beauty and rejection of human features that were perceived as imperfect. Students collectively discuss the Greeks treatment of people with disabilities.
The main activity of the lesson involves students working in leveled groups using three primary source readings. Each reading portrays Greek opinions of deformity and disability. Once students have reached group conclusions, key points and observations are shared as a group.
The lesson wraps up with a 3-2-1 Summarizer and a journal entry where students are asked to consider the ancient Greek perception of disability in comparison to their own society today. Recommendations for differentiation make this lesson plan replicable for a variety of classroom settings.
Emerging America brings this lesson to you thanks to the outstanding primary sources and materials provided by the Library of Congress.