Ancient Civilizations


General description - Through the collection of William Randolph Hearst, students will explore the mythology, art, and architecture of the Greek and Roman civilizations. Hearst San Simeon State Historic Monument preserves a collection of statues, architecture, and artifacts that symbolizes the beliefs and traditions of the Greek and Roman civilizations.

This PORTS unit of study provides students three in-class lessons during which students will learn about the structures of Ancient Greece, the significance of mythology in everyday life, and explore the legacy of the architecture of these civilizations. The fourth lesson is a live, interactive videconference with a State Park Interpreter.

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Essential Questions

  1. How did mythology affect the religious and social structure of the everyday lives of the ancient Greeks and Romans?
  2. How have the architecture and technology of the Romans and Greeks affected our world today?
  3. What impact does Greek mythology have on literature and art today?

Academic Content Standard Subject Area: History/Social Science

Grade Level: (6th, adaptable for other grades)

Primary Academic Content Standards:
6th grade: 6.4 (6.4.4), 6.7 (6.7.8)

Primary Common Core State Standards
RH.6.1, RH.6.2, RH.6.4, RH.6.5, RH.6.7, RH.6.9

Time Required:
4 classroom periods of 50 minutes each
1 one hour PORTS videoconference lesson
Options for extension activities are included

Learning Objectives:
Upon completing the classroom lessons and participating in the videoconference, students will be able to:
Describe the role of mythology in the belief systems of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations
Identify Greek and Roman influences on modern art and architecture
Analyze an art object and interpret the meaning of the work.

Academic Contributor
Christina Lunde, Teacher, Olive Elementary