Instructional Video

Alexander the Great and the Situation... the Great?

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What made Alexander the Great so great? John Green reviews three possible definitions of the term great that we ascribe to historical figures, while offering a fairly comprehensive overview of the accomplishments and legacy of Alexander of Macedon.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Classroom Considerations
  • Review video to ensure some scenes are appropriate for the maturity level of your class
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Includes some famous historical quotations and primary source references
  • Discusses destruction of the Persian Empire, creation of Hellenistic Kingdoms, idea of absolute monarchy, and Alexander's impact on Pompeii and Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Provides a lesson plan for extension and classroom implementation, as well as a student worksheet packet
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