A three-tiered activity guides eighth graders through an engaging social studies activity. After completing the pre-activity, that prompts learners to participate in a seminar on Richard Westall's painting The Sword of Damocles, individuals choose a letter to write from the perspective of a colonial American. Individuals then choose a leader from the American Revolution and write a letter to a loved one about his or her feelings about democracy. Finally, writers choose additional works of art to include in a museum exhibit about American democracy.
Changes in a Democratic SocietyDemocracies are not static. To learn more about how the United States form of democratic government has changed over time, class members examine primary and secondary sources, including works of art, and reflect on what these sources reveal.8th - 12th Social Studies & History