Freedom is a state of mind (LS-GR-553)


This learning scenario can be implemented in English and history lessons.  More particularly, the scenario combines language culture, literature and ICT skills. The lesson could be implemented as an interdisciplinary lesson in the school’s ICT laboratory or in the school library. Through this scenario, students discover famous Greek authors that have written about freedom and they learn how important it is to think, speak and act as a free citizen. Based on some biographies of famous people appearing in the Europeana Collections students discuss the questions: What is freedom? How do you feel as a free citizen? Has the pandemic altered your point of view of what freedom is?


  1. Students use QR codes with the names of the four Greek authors and links them to the Europeana Collections: Nikos Kazantzakis, Dionisios Solomos, Yiannis Ritsos, and  Odysseas Elytis. Then students work together in groups and create mind maps in Popplet about the Greek authors/ poets they choose. Afterwards, each group presents the mind map they created to the other groups.
  2. The teacher shows a picture of Kazantzakis and asks Who is he? What were his thoughts about freedom? They note important things about him. Then the students use the Mentimenter Tool and write their opinion answering the question: What does freedom mean to you? creating a world cloud.

3. Students work in pairs. They choose one of the following authors or poets: Elytis, Kazantzakis, Ritsos, and Solomos. Afterwards, they try to create the avatar of their chosen author or poet with Avatar Maker. Each avatar with its quote is inserted in a padlet.

4. Students create posters at Canva on What would the author/poet of their choice would say today under the scope of the pandemic Covid- 19?

Learning outcomes

  • Raising awareness of the value of freedom
  • Working in pairs, teams
  • Mindmaps and notes for everyone made together online
  • Avatar making by delving into the thinking of the famous Greek authors
  • Building knowledge of important personalities and some of their quotes related to Freedom.
  • Language, Literature ICT skills

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Public Domain Mark 1.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the Nationalmuseum, Sweden.

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