Ancient Athens is often called the birthplace of democracy. With three branches of government and elected officials, it bore significant similarities to modern democracies. However, only twelve percent of Athens's populace was allowed to vote, and civic involvement was much more participatory. In this Structured Academic Controversy (SAC), students consider whether or not ancient Athens was truly democratic. There is a teacher-directed PowerPoint presentation on Ancient Athens and students complete a graphic organizer as they analyze primary and secondary documents to prepare for the discussion. Teachers need to complete the free registration to download the materials.
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