Changes in a Democratic Society (Lesson 2 of 3)

This Changes in a Democratic Society (Lesson 2 of 3) lesson plan also includes:

What are the "swords" (problems) and "banquets" (perks) of being a leader during the American Revolution? After participating in a Paideia seminar on Richard Westall's painting "The Sword of Damocles," groups opt to participate in one of three activities that focus on the changes in American democracy from 1776-1814.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Create a PowerPoint that includes slides that focus on different images in the painting so that viewers can better see the deatils
Classroom Considerations

  • The second in a series of three related resources presumes that class members have participated in a Paideia seminar on Westall's "The Sword of Damocles" and have experience analyzing works of art
Pros

  • The resource includes links to rubrics for the activities
Cons

  • Some class members may need additional scaffolding to comprehend how the painting can be seen as a commentary on leadership and democracy