Lesson Plan

Ancient Philosophy: Greeks or Romans?

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While often not recognized, the ideas of ancient Greek and Roman philosophers still echo today. Using a series of videos and graphic organizers, individuals explore how ancient Greeks and Romans have influenced current Western political systems. A tug-of-war debate where class members use evidence to evaluate their influence rounds out the resource.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the tug-of-war debate method to discuss whether the Greeks or Romans had a greater influence on the American political system
  • View the videos and use included graphic organizers to build note-taking skills
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners should have some background in concepts related to democracy and Greek and Roman philosophy 
  • Graphic organizers help students build skills and make scaffolding easier 
  • Videos are engaging and accessible for a variety of pupils
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