Athens and Sparta-Imagine the Possibilities

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Both Athens and Sparta made choices to survive in ancient Greece. Those choices were, in essence, economic ones about how to direct resources. A Venn diagram activity and reading ask class members to examine the connection between economics and history, making the dilemma and decision clearer to young scholars.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have scholars compare Athens and Sparta using the included Venn diagram
  • Create discussion questions to extend the conversation through an economic lens
Classroom Considerations

  • Resource is the eighth of 23 Middle School World History lessons from the Council on Economic Education

  • Activities do not presume background knowledge of ancient Greece
  • Lesson is adaptable to a variety of units of study

  • The background PowerPoint on economics is not clearly linked to the historical information in the reading and activity
Common Core