Alexander the Great

Essential Questions

Who was Alexander the Great and what impact did he have on the world?

How Great Was Alexander the Great?

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great

Alexander III of Macedon, known as Alexander the Great (356 BCE – 323 BCE), was the son of King Philip II of Macedon. He became king upon his father’s death in 336 BCE and went on to conquer most of the known world of his day. He is known as 'the great' both for his military genius and his diplomatic skills in handling the various populaces of the regions he conquered. He is further recognized for spreading Greek culture, language, and thought throughout Asia Minor, Egypt, Mesopotamia, and India and thus initiating the era of the "Hellenistic World."

Information from Ancient History Encyclopedia

Activity 1: Mini Q: How Great Was Alexander the Great?

Mini Q-How Great Was Alexander the Great?.pdf

Activity 2: Sort the reasons why Alexander could be "Great" and "not Great"

Using the information from this lesson, answer the questions in a thinking map. Complete this assignment digitally or on paper. It will be collected in your portfolio.

Discussion Questions

  • Is Alexander worthy or not worthy of the title "the Great?"

  • What evidence would you use to prove this?

Activity 3: Outline

Use the information from the DBQ to complete an outline that answers: "How Great Was Alexander the Great?"

Essay Outline

Extension Activity

NEWSELA: Opinion: Alexander the brutal