Democracy in Ancient Greece introduces middles school students to civic responsibility through an exploration of life in ancient Greece, the role of democracy in the Athenian Assembly, and important issues debated by the Athenian people. Technology is skillfully used to motivate and inform students and teachers alike.
Democracy in Ancient Greece meets the Common Core head-on. With its strong focus on research using multiple texts and primary sources, and its frequent opportunities for students to communicate through writing and speaking, the unit addresses standards in Literacy in History/Social Studies, Reading Informational Texts, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Democracy in Ancient Greece gives particular emphasis to the Reading Informational Texts Standard 1, Writing Standard 1, and Speaking/ Listening Standard 1 which are part of the New York City DOE Instructional Expectations for the 2012-2013 school year. Click for a full list of the Grade 6 CCSS standards addressed in this unit.
At the end of the unit, students independently complete rigorous performance tasks that measure how well the students have met the requirements of the the Common Core. These tasks immerse students in authentic situations and allow them to apply the skills they have learned in real-world contexts. Students thus demonstrate that they have not only learned the content of the unit, but are also more prepared to take their place as informed and active citizens of their democracy.