What constitutes a democracy? In this investigation, students will learn about the ways democracy functioned in ancient Athens as they consider the central question: What can we learn about democracy from ancient Athens? Students write a critique of other students’ arguments about what we can learn about democracy from ancient Athens.


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Meeting the Standards

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Literacy in History/Social Studies
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1-8.2, 8.4-8.9.
ELA Reading: Information Text
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.1-7.2, 7.7-7.10.
ELA Writing
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.1, 7.4-7.5, 7.7-7.10.
ELA Speaking & Listening

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Dimension 1: D1.2.6-8.
Dimension 2: D2.Civ.1.6-8, D2.Civ.2.6-8, 2.Civ.4.6-8, D2.Civ.6.6-8, D2.Civ.9.6-8, D2.Civ.10.6-8, D2.Civ.43.6-8,
D2.His.1.6-8.-D2.His.6.6-8., D2.His.10.6-8, D2.His.13.6-8, D2.His.16.6-8.
Dimension 3: D3.1.6-8, D3.2.6-8, D3.3.6-8, D3.4.6-8.
Dimension 4: D4.1.6-8, D4.2.6-8, D4.3.6-8, D4.4.6-8, D4.6.6-8.