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National Gallery of Art – Ancient Greece

NG-Ancient Greece

LILI Unit: National Gallery of Art, Ancient Greece

Essential Questions: How do Ancient Greeks and Roman architecture and myths still influence our lives today? Pre-trip lesson:  Students discover the features of neoclassical architecture by studying the Parthenon in Greece and the Pantheon in Rome. Students also explore the ancient Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, as well as their attributes and the myths associated with them. They also examine the influences of ancient Greece and Rome on the world today.
Level of Difficulty:
Trip:   At the museum, students use the knowledge gained to compare the architectural details of the National Gallery of Art to the Parthenon of ancient Greece. They also observe other buildings on the National Mall for neoclassical architectural details such as columns and pediments. In the galleries, students will take an in-depth look at myths by analyzing paintings depicting Greek gods, goddesses, and mortals.
Academic Standards:

  • English Language Arts (CC.6.R.I.2, CC.6.L.4.a)
  • Social Studies (6.2.1)
Post-trip lesson:   As a culminating activity, students imagine themselves as Greek gods and write their own short myth describing how they came to be and acquired their powers. They also design a temple for themselves. Finally, students test their knowledge of neoclassical architecture and ancient mythology as they compete in a collaborative review game and take written assessments.