- With new C3 (College Career and Civic life) Social Studies Standards, we are encouraged to find "authentic connections" and find "real world problems" to relate content to.
- With the CCSS, we are encouraged to embrace "research to build and present knowledge" as an Anchor Standard." - Therefore, we are encouraged to package content via a research learning adventure.
- Research can be viewed as a large or small "evidence-based claim."
How has the Ancient Greece survived, even though it has died?
Examine the Ancient Culture under the SS lenses:
- Government - Democracy
- Values (education, arts, etc..)
- Beliefs - (myths)
If you guide kids by giving them those SS "lenses" (now called SS 'practices' ) they should examine the past to understand it and hopefully discover that a Ancient Greece had lasting influence on our current culture.
They could-should - build and EBC (evidence-based claim) to support their findings. This research could be coupled with a more student-centered knowledge sharing expo such as creating a "living museum" of Ancient Greek influence. This could include Nike Pegasus Sneakers, Midas Muffler adds, a democracy model, Outdoor Market, statues, etc... etc.
This example "synthesizes" the content and is real-life.
Examine your local learning objectives and insure that your graphic organizer may cover all the "lenses" through which you want students to examine Ancient Greece.