Middle School Social Studies / 6th Grade

Greece and Rome

Which form of government is best?

Students are introduced to Greece and Rome by looking at myths and analyzing them to understand how they help us think about power in the ancient world.  Next, they divide into two groups–campaigners and citizens.  Campaigners take a deep dive into a particular form of government as they prepare a campaign to convince citizens of Greece and Rome that their form of government is best.  Citizens take a deep dive into either Greece or Rome and teach their classmates the key pieces of history and geography that will help the campaigns better understand each of these civilizations.  Together, the class will use primary sources to understand the role of particular groups in each civilization.  The unit culminates with the campaigners making their best case for governing and citizens making their choice.

Unit length: 4 weeks (20 hours)

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