The Influence of Rome and Greece on the United States. Objective: Students will analyze ancient civilizations (Rome) and empires in terms of their development , growth and lasting impact.
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The Influence of Rome and Greece on the United States
Students will view a 3 minute video clip in which various NBA players comment on Michael Jordan’s influence on the game of basketball.
What governments of the ancient and classical world were similar to that of the United States?
Those we term as our Founding Fathers were faced with a government that just wasn’t working following independence from Great Britain. The Articles of the Confederation had to be revised or a new government created all together. The United Sates Constitutional Convention which took place from May 14 to September 17, 1787 was the ‘bridge’ to get the Founders over ‘troubled water’.
The result of the Convention was the United States Constitution. The government that emerged in 1787 has proven to be among the greatest that has been fostered.
Was the United States Government an experiment engineered by our Founding Fathers or a proven product of the Classical minds?
In this lesson, students will explore the extent of the influence of Rome and the Classical thinkers on the founding Fathers. The primary and secondary source documents will guide them in this question. Students will utilize the inquiry approach as they analyze the documents, develop a thesis and draw conclusions based on the evidence.
Write a well-organized essay that includes an introduction, several paragraphs, and a conclusion. Use evidence from at least four documents in the body of the essay. Support your response with relevant facts, examples, and details. Include relevant outside information.
Using information from the documents and your knowledge of social studies, write an essay in which you:
Describe at least three similarities between the government of the ancient Roman Republic and United States of America and conclude whether the United States Government was an experiment engineered by our Founding Fathers or A proven product of the Classical minds?
In your essay, be sure to:
Citation of Sources
Station 1: Source: McDougal Littel, World History: Ancient Civilizations (Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt Publishing Company) page 157
Station 2: Source: McGraw-Hill, World History: Journey Across Time, The Early Ages page 264
Station 3: Source: Fears, Rufus J. Famous Romans, 2001. Page 8.
Station 3: Source: Emperor Claudius, Annals (11.23) as recorded b Tacitus, A.D. 48.
Retrieved from http://fjor.net/etome/grecoroman/tacitus-gallia.html
Station 4 Source: The Twelve Tables. Retrieved from http://www.csun.edu/~hcfll004/12tables.html
Station 5: The Bill of Rights. Retrieved from http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#Am1
Station 5: 12 Tables From: Oliver J. Thatcher, ed., The Library of Original Sources (Milwaukee: University Research Extension Co., 1901), Vol. III: The Roman World, pp. 9-11. Scanned by: J. S. Arkenberg, Dept. of History, Cal. State Fullerton. Prof. Arkenberg has modernized the text.
Station 6: Source: McGraw-Hill, World History: Journey Across Time, The Early Ages page 271
Station 7: McDougal Littel, World History: Ancient Civilizations (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publishing Company) page 157