Lesson 4: The Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Romans, and Us

Red "A," omega and phoenician letter, with men in greek, roman, and phoenician clothing next to each letter
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The history of the development of the Western world's alphabets is long and colorful.

The purpose of this lesson is to consolidate the knowledge gained in the three previous lessons:

Lesson One: The Phoenicians and the Beginnings of the Alphabet

Lesson Two: The Greek Alphabet: more familiar than you think!

Lesson Three: The Alphabet: The Roman Alphabet is our Alphabet

Guiding Questions

How did our alphabet develop?

Where did the Greeks, Phoenicians, and Romans live?

How did the alphabet pass from one to the other, and how did it change in the process?

What letters of the alphabet have been preserved through all the changes of peoples and places?

How did the alphabet get to us, who are so far away from the Mediterranean?

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson, students will be able to: Show on a map that the ancient Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans lived in the Mediterranean area.

Tell about the development of the alphabet and that we are still using the Roman alphabet.

Tell some other things we inherited from the peoples of this region.

Prepare a booklet on the development of a particular letter and write a short paragraph on the future of the alphabet.