Central Question: Was democracy in Ancient Athens a good form of government?

Acropolis from Stadium Bridge, Athens, Greece. From the Library of Congress.

Ancient World History Investigation 5

In this investigation, students consider what constitutes a democracy. After reading and analyzing a collection of modified sources, students will use evidence and reasoning to critique an argument about whether democracy in Athens was a good form of government.

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Note: The Spanish investigations are from earlier work and do not match other versions of this investigation at this time.


Standards Alignment

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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-
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.

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