Unit 3 Lesson Plan
An Enthusiastic Age: A History of Minoan Pottery
Print Version [MS Word] [Rich Text File]
Good for use if time is short or for leaving with a substitute.
[A descriptive form of the lesson can be found on the
Minoan Pottery page.]
Students explore and gather relevant facts from a website about Minoan
pottery, then divide into groups and complete worksheets on different
sections of the site. Students then present their information to the rest of
the group in different ways: PowerPoint, handouts, timeline.
Primary Learning Outcomes
Who were the Minoans? Why did their pottery blossom into such magnificent
art forms? Where did they find their inspiration?
Extract basic facts of Minoan history of pottery
from about 2600 BC to 1100 BC from Internet sites.
Create a handout on the basic facts of Minoan
Create a timeline of Minoan history of pottery from
about 2600 BC to 1100 BC using pre-printed images and Internet
Work as a group to create and present a PowerPoint
presentation of Minoan Pottery from 2600 BC to 1100 BC.
Synthesize material on the history of Minoan
pottery into a quiz (with possible modification by teacher).
- Create a table of potential
information to be obtained from potsherds and extrapolate about Minoan
culture from their pottery.
Materials and Equipment:
Television, Scan Converter, Computer Lab, Internet Connection, Large
Erasable Timeline, Laminated Reproductions of Minoan Pottery (can make
yourself), Markers, Poster Board, Cutting Board, Temporary Adhesive, Video
Recorder (Optional), VCR (Optional), VCR Tapes (Optional)
Students make use of the web, computers, various types of software such
as PowerPoint and word processors. Students use video recorder, if possible.
Step 1 – Take students to the computer lab and have them log on to the
ceramics web and go to the
Minoan History page.
Step 2 – With everyone on the same page, go over the procedures and
expectations for the group and for the individuals.
Step 3 – Have students start by reading the 3 pages of material on the
history of Minoan pottery. Give a set time limit and have those that finish
early explore the links on those pages for extra information.
Step 4 – Assign students numbers 1 – 3 [decided by teacher ahead of time
in order to take into account special needs] and have students do the
appropriate sections of the worksheet [ms
word format] [rich text file format] as individuals.
Step 5 – Students are to rehearse teaching their “page” to other students
in their same “page” group.
Step 6 – The teacher merges students back into one group and goes over
the procedures for doing their “jobs”. The jobs are PowerPoint Presenters,
Handout Creators, and Timeline Creators.
Step 7 – The teacher splits students into two groups containing two
students each of “page 1’s”, “page 2’s” and “page 3’s”.
Step 8 – Each group prepares a full presentation as described on the
Assignment 2: A History of Minoan Pottery web page.
Step 9 – Each group presents their presentation (a videotape of this
would be good).
Step 10 – Students fill out their rubrics and lesson assessments and turn
them in to the teacher.
- Use sticky note “flags” to signal, “need teacher help”.
- Also, make page 1 of Minoan Pottery: A History the home page so that
teacher can quickly get wandering students back on task.
Have students fill out all parts of the worksheet [ms
word format] [rich text file format] while
viewing the website. Follow up with an essay question like "Do you believe that
being on an island along a well-traveled trade route had anything to do with
the amazing diversity and beauty of the ceramics of the Minoans? Why or why
not? Explain." You might allow students to research this using the links on
the Resources page or doing individual