Was It Better to Be an Athenian or a Spartan?

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Athens and Sparta were two great civilizations that arose out of ancient Greece. Using role plays, readings with discussion questions and graphic organizers, and a structured debate, learners consider whether it would have been better to be a citizen of Sparta or Athens. Extension activities allow for interdisciplinary instruction in math, science, and ELA.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use activities, including graphic organizers, to prepare for a class debate or persuasive essay
  • Debate which society was best—Athens or Sparta
Classroom Considerations
  • Unit plan is third of six resources in the Ancient Civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome series
  • Dramatic readings engage learner interest
  • Graphic organizers and comprehension activities make scaffolding easy
  • None