TAKING A BOW IN ANCIENT GREECE
Politismos has launched its new classroom project, “Taking a Bow in Ancient Greece” brining the museum experience into the classroom – artifacts, activity, entertainment, and education - to engage the students, complement curriculum and preserve Hellenism!
So many of our communities are not fortunate enough to have a Greek history museum or culture center. With no physical “place” for school children to visit and learn about Greek history and culture, we sought create a program that would bring the “place and things” to the classroom!
The Politismos team worked with academics and historians as well as museum professionals and MA students in the Public History program at California State University, Sacramento to create a living history experience for children. Rocklin Family Academy of Schools staff and teachers gave their time, expertise and recommendations to ensure curriculum standards were met.
The Taking A Bow program examines three major components: the role of theatre in Ancient Greece, mythology, and the issue of morality. Content, activity and vocabulary has been created to correlate with elementary school curriculums, grades 2, 3 and 6.
In addition to history and story telling, children created art projects, played with replicas of props and had the chance to see and touch real artifacts. Politismos is currently offering opportunities to bring this program to local Sacramento schools and community groups.
BATTLE OF CRETE - THE TURNING POINT
“Battle of Crete – The Turning Point” is a program developed for high school history students learning about World War II. The objective is to learn how everyday people, civilians, helped to change the course of the war and inspired American opinion and support. Students should be familiar with events leading up to WWII (including the Great Depression) and familiar with Allied and Axis Forces.
Students will learn how on the morning of May 20, 1941, German paratroopers invaded the isalnd of Crete. the people of Crete (men, women, and children) came out to fight alonside the few remaining British and New Zealand forces to try and protect the island and the Maleme Airfield. The response was overhwelming - it was the first and last time that Nazis would use paratroopers for a large-scale attack. The battle lasted 10 days, and while Crete eventually fel to the Axis Powers, the heroism of the Cretan people inspired the world. It was after this battle that Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his famou "We have nothing to fear by fear itself speech."
Students will have the oppotunity to see what a Cretan home in 1941 would have looked like, the liimited "weapons" people would have had to protect themselves, their families and their homes. They will also see genuine artifacts from the Battle of Crete.
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