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Social Studies - 6th Grade
Standard 1 Objective 3
2 class periods of 60 minutes each
Social & Civic Responsibility
This lesson will help students trace attributes of the Unites States government to those of ancient Greek democracy.
Essential Question: How can understanding the political systems of ancient times apply to modern day?
Texts, atlases, encyclopedias, and internet resources on ancient Greek and Roman governments.
From Greece one man led a city-state to Rome with an emperor ruling half of the known world to modern day democracies around the world all global governments are intertwined and linked by their histories. (You will need to login to Utah's Online Library first to access the Worldbook Online links)
Students will need an understanding of the US government: representative democracy, legislative branches, system of checks and balances, etc.
Students will compare the government of the United States to the various governmental experiments of Ancient Greece and Rome.
Teacher work with low learners in a small group to help them take notes and fill out their Venn diagrams.
Gifted students may do a three way comparison which would include the government of ancient Rome.
Simulation of a common issue (e.g. school uniforms) debate modeled on the format of an ancient Greek debate with issue vote to follow. Teacher must set ground rules for debate. (e.g. language)
Simulation of a Roman debate. Teacher randomly passes out cards to class. Some cards have citizen written on them while the others are blank. Students with the citizen cards come to the front of the room and sit on the floor. Others stay at their desks. Teacher explains that the students with citizen cards are citizens of the republic and have a voice. Those with blank cards are not considered citizens and have absolutely no voice. Teacher then introduces the issue to be debated. (e.g. Principal has decided to lock the bathrooms) Student who are citizen will debate the issue. After the debate is finished, the teacher processes with all students on how they felt about the debate. Discuss "what worked" and "what didn't" during the debate.
Student produced Venn diagrams and participation.