Game-Based Learning - Mythical Ancient Greek Adventures
Keith (M.A. Military History)
In this On-Going course students will become Greek heroes of Antiquity trying to understand the will of the Olympian gods as they embark upon legendary quests, overcome divine obstacles, and battle fantastic monsters.
US Grade 8 - 11
"In its old age Cerberus is no longer subject to the will of Hades, allowing spirits and underworld entities to roam free and seek their revenge on the residents of Mount Olympus. The realm’s greatest hero has been sent to quell the guardian, but Hercules has not been heard from since and malicious creatures still pour out to create havoc. While the gods debate and argue over what to do, your band of heroes have been summoned to Olympus to help the stewards right the mayhem spilling out from...
Throughout the Mythical Greece Adventure series: Students will gain an understanding of the geography of the Grecian peninsula, the Aegean islands and the Eastern Mediterranean. Students will gain an appreciation of Bronze Age (Homeric), the Dark Ages, and the Archaic Period of Greek History. Students will learn about (participate in) Greek Mythology, the nature of polytheism, Greek Heroes and Hellenic Legends. Students will learn about the daily lives of Ancient Greeks through their role playing interaction with various non-playing characters (NPCs). Students will gain confidence in their role playing potential throughout the course. Students will learn how to manage a D&D character at increasing levels of challenge throughout the course. Students will learn to work as a team in order to overcome challenges.
As a certified Social Studies teacher with 30 years experience and a huge fan of everything D&D, I am very excited for this opportunity to share my enthusiasm and knowledge with Mythical Greek Adventure students. For the past year, I have integrated D&D 5e with my Social Studies teaching, especially my on-line/remote teaching and have found this effort to be very successful. Classes similar to the ones I have recently taught I will bring to Outschool soon (e.g., The Hoplite Experience during the Greco-Persian Wars). As an AP World & European teacher with overseas GCSE/A-Level/I.B. History experience, I have thoroughly immersed myself in Ancient, Medieval and Modern History for the last thirty years. With a B.A. in History, a B.S. in Education and a M.A. in Military History I feel that I have a great deal of knowledge to subtly "sneak" into the fun and enjoyment of "the world's greatest role playing game".
Homework OfferedWhile not mandatory, students are encouraged to conduct research on Greek Myths & Heroes from week-to-week to allow better participation in The Three Pillars of Adventure. Students will be encouraged to research aspects of their D&D character, skills, abilities, feats and spells so that they may better participate in the adventure scenarios. Students may wish to make notes and summaries of their weekly experience for later reference.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments OfferedThere are no formal assessments in this course. It is up to the student to assess their progress in game play and their understanding of the content. Students are encouraged to ask for help from the instructor for feedback before, during, or after the session.
3 files available upon enrollmentStudents will need an active imagination and a willingness to engage in role playing their heroic character.....plus, of course, a computer able to access Zoom. Students may wish to have a set of D&D polyhedral dice - for their own rolling enjoyment, however, I can have an on-line automatic roller available. I will present on Zoom (as the DM) a mapping/on-line RPG site - Roll20 to present the characters so they can visualize certain encounters. Students may wish to have a notebook/binder to record and organize their notes and summaries. Student may, if they enjoy the D&D part of the class, wish to buy the D&D Player's Handbook. Much of this information can be found with a free account on D&D Beyond and I will share much of the information they need to know for the class. Students MUST have an account with Roll20 (free) prior to joining; this is the platform we use for our adventures. On Roll20 I can share my Player's Handbook, Monster Manual and other compendiums (the digital versions).
Since Greek Myths, legend and lore can be a bit 'gritty'; I will be redacting all of the unnecessarily gory details. The focus will be upon having the students immerse themselves in this culturally rich content emerging invigorated to learn more about Ancient Greece. One of the main themes of the Three Pillars of Adventuring is combat, but this will be managed as "fantasy" combat; meaning they will fight and will (hopefully) slay a hydra or duel against the Minotaur using their critical thinking more so than their swords.
I will provide some handouts (files to download) prior to the class which focus on important points to know for the upcoming adventure. Powerpoint presentations will be prepared and shown during class and/or made available for the students to view. Recommendations for certain works, books, websites and such will be provided, but due to the nature of this content there should be no need to purchase any books. Students MUST have an account with Roll20 (free) prior to joining; this is the platform we use for our adventures. On Roll20 I can share my Player's Handbook, Monster Manual and other compendiums (the digital versions).
Meet the teacher
Over the past 30 years I have taught I.G.C.S.E, A-Level, I.B., and A.P. History throughout the Atlantic region in both private and public school settings. During that time I have instructed students in a variety of rigorous exam subjects . I am a...
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