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lesson 7
1 hour

Athens: The Birthplace of Democracy


Students will:
• Define the term civilization
• Describe the city-state Athens
• Describe how the Athenians worshipped Athena
• Explain what the Parthenon was
• Define the term democracy
• Identify Athens as the birthplace of democracy
• Explain how Athenian boys and girls were educated
• Explain that women did not have as many rights as men in Greek society
• Compare/contrast life in Sparta and Athens
• Describe how the contributions of the ancient Greek civilization
• have influenced the present

The Teacher Guide contains background information and resources that the teacher will need to implement the unit, including an alignment chart between this unit and the Common Core State Standards; an introduction including planning tools, a list of strand components, goals and objectives, and an explanation of lesson format, components, and assessment.

The Workbook contains worksheets, which accompany many of the lessons from the teacher guide for the unit.

The Assessment and Remediation Guide contains information for teachers on instructional planning and lesson structures for levels of instructional need.


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From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 2 ELA Domain 3: The Ancient Greek Civilization. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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