Alexander the Great

Week 9: Alexander the Great

 

READ:  K – 5:  The Great Alexander the Great by Joe Lasker

6 – 8:  Alexander: The Boy Soldier Who Conquered the World by Simon Adams

 


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DISCUSS:

  • What was Bucephalus?  (Alexander’s horse)
  • How did Alexander win him? (as a child he made a bet with his father that he could ride him after others couldn’t)
  • Why was Bucephalus important? (always rode him into battle)
  • At what age did Alexander become king? (20)
  • T/F Alexander claimed to be a son of the gods. (true)
  • Why do you think Alexander claimed to be a son of the gods? (answers will vary; he believed it because he had conquered so much, he wanted others to believe it so they would be afraid of him; he wanted his soldiers to follow him, etc.)
  • What name did Alexander give to the cities he conquered? (Alexandria)
  • Why did Alexander originally begin to fight? (to unite different regions of Greece)
  • What group of people did he then wish to conquer? (The Persians)
  • Why was the city of Tyre hard to conquer? (it was on an island; he had no navy)
  • Why did Alexander want to conquer India? (he believed then he would have conquered the whole world)
  • Why did his soldiers want to go home? (tired of fighting)
  • What beast did the people of India use to fight against Alexander and his army? (elephants)
  • Why did the army commit mutiny in India? (monsoon downpour, tired, etc.)
  • How did Alexander die? (from disease)

Questions for Grades 6 – 8:

  • Why did Alexander lead his army through a desert? (perhaps to say he did, perhaps to discover, perhaps revenge for mutiny)
  • How did the trek through the desert affect his men? (maybe as many as half died)
  • Who was Hephaestion and how did his death affect Alexander? (best friend  for many years; grief –stricken; killed the doctor for not saving him)
  • What great power eventually conquered his lands after his death? (Ancient Rome)
  • Why was Alexander such an important figure in history? (conquered much of the then-known world, spread Greek language and culture throughout his conquered territories, this unity eventually enabled Christianity to spread throughout the region)
  • Is it fair to say that Alexander was cruel? (yes, crucified many, killed ¾ of a million people, did not listen to complaints of army)
  • Romans 8:37 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”  Reflect on Alexander the conqueror and this verse.  What does this mean to you?

ACTIVITIES:

All Grades: Using this link: http://www.mrsaustin.net/ancient-greece.html, or this link for help: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/media/54536/Alexander-the-Greats-conquests-freed-the-West-from-the-menace.  Create a map of Alexander’s empire at its height.  This blank map can be used by students: http://www.eduplace.com/ss/maps/pdf/cent_swasia_nl.pdf

 K – 2: Color in this picture of Alexander and Bucephalus: http://softshack.blogspot.com/2010/05/megalomaniac.html

3 – 5: Why do you think Alexander claimed to be a son of the gods?  Do you think he really believed that or do you think he just wanted others to believe that?  Write a paragraph.

6 – 8:  Write an essay discussing the positive and negative effects of Alexander the Great’s conquests.

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Copyright October 11, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “Alexander the Great

  1. jakikoripiba

    Just and FYI; the link to the ‘map of Alexander’s empires’ has been cancelled.

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