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Daily Lesson Plan

Day 8: Phillip of Macedonia and the Rise of Alexander the Great


Objectives:
Recall how Phillip of Macedonia came to power and how Alexander the Great built his empire (DOK 1)
Materials:
Computer
Projector
Powerpoint
Notebook
Pen/pencil
Opening (Set):
Im very excited because today we get to talk about one of my favorite people in history.
Im sure everyone here has heard of Alexander the Great, right? Tell me what you know about
him. (Wait for responses) Yes, he was the king of a Northern Greek kingdom called Macedonia
and he built an empire that covered the majority of the known world at that time. Can any of you
tell me how he rose to power? (Wait for response) Well, we are going to cover that today, so lets
get started.
Learning Tasks (Procedures):
1. Turn on projector and begin presentation
2. Can someone explain to me why right after the Peloponnesian War was the perfect time
for Phillip to begin his expansion into the Greek peninsula?
a. (wait for responses) Because at the end of the Peloponnesian War the militaries of
all the powerful city-states in Greece were weakened from the war they had just
finished. The leadership in these city-states was weaker than before, leaving a power
vacuum that Phillip was more than happy to fill.
b. Discuss and address any questions
3. Continue presentation about Macedonian conquest
4. Explain Alexanders ascension to the throne after the death of Phillip
a. Explain how he dealt with family rivals attempting to steal the throne
5. Continue and finish presentation.
6. Hand out the exit slips with names already on them so students only see their own
worksheet.
Closure:
Alright today we discussed some pretty interesting stuff I think. In the few minutes that
we have before the bell I want you to complete this handout as an exit slip. Read the directions
and follow them closely. Finish these and turn them in to me before you leave, if you finish
before the bell then you are dismissed when it rings. Have a good day

Differentiated Instruction:
Enrichment: More challenging prompt on the exit slip.
Intervention: More guided prompt on the exit slip. (See Attachments)




Exit Slip

Name: Students name already on the form Class period:________ Date:____________

Students would receive a worksheet based on their skill level that has the appropriate
prompt for them.

Undifferentiated:
In a several sentences explain how Alexander dealt with family rivals jockeying for the
throne immediately after Phillips assassination. Why was it so important that he handle it this
way? Is this philosophy still alive in politics today?


Enriched:
In a several sentences explain how Alexander dealt with family rivals jockeying for the
throne immediately after Phillips assassination. Why was it so important that he handle it this
way? Is this philosophy still alive in politics today? Are similar, more subtle, tactics still used in
American politics today? How so?


Intervention:
Alexander the Great dealt with political rivals with a heavy hand. He had to kill off rivals
to the throne to ensure that nobody would think of him as weak and try to take his power. List
some of the other ruthless kings and dictators that you have learned about in history.