Lesson Plan for the Study of Ancient History & Geography and Literature
The following text breakdown is of a very simple sort. I examined the primary text,
located multiple supplementary sources, thought about how long we had to cover the
material and what I wanted to stress with my students, and made a division following
those considerations. You will notice the emphasis placed on writing. This is because
tenth grade is the beginning of the rhetorical stage, where the student will concentrate
on his mode of expression. The high school student is capable of expressing himself
well, and just needs practice to do so. In this syllabus the student is assigned a number
of papers over the course of the year, each written with a particular, designated,
approach to the subject matter. You might look at the part of the Warriner's English
Grammar and Composition, Third Course that discusses writing summaries and reports.
These directions are written to the student. You may wish to transcribe them into a
lesson plan book, or use them for instructions to put on your student's weekly list.
Week Daily Assignments – Chapter & Pages
1 Day 1 – Make a timeline, if you have not previously done so. (There is a
description of such a timeline in the back of this syllabus. Fill in all major
dates listed in the seventh grade resource section of Designing Your Own
Classical Curriculum. This will provide you with a framework for your study of
ancient history and help you see the chronological relationships among
Day 2 – Begin to make a map of the Mediterranean area, and extend the map
to include the Holy Land. This map may be traced or it may be drawn
freehand. The map of the Persian Empire on pages 18 and 19 of the Atlas of
Classical History will work well for your purposes. Label the important
Day 3 – Finish your map of the Mediterranean area and the Holy Land. Make
sure that you have labeled the important countries. Keep this map for future
reference and additions.
Day 4 – Read pp. 148-159 of The Founding of Christendom, Chapter 7. ‘The
Quest and the Chosen’. Put all dates mentioned in the text on your timeline,
and locate all place names on your map.