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Election Center (6th Grade)
Greek (Athens) Democracy
Roman Dictatorship 

Speech Preparation 

Greek (Athens) Democracy Speech

What is power?  Where does it come from?
Unit Questions
The Beginning

Introduction:  The Ancient Greeks of Athens created the first democratic society.  It was the influence of key Greek leaders and philosophers like Pericles, Socrates, and Plato that helped create this new and experimental system.  A society where the people, well some, had the right to vote on important issues (direct democracy).  Greek democracy is the precursor to the Roman republic and eventually the U.S. Constitution, government, balance of power (system of checks and balances), and the liberties we enjoy.  You will be writing and delivering a persuasive speech.  Persuasive speech arises out of the process of deliberation, when audiences need all sides of an issue presented to them before they make a decision. In this sense, its roots are in the Greek democratic state. This made it a form of speech of particular interest for all Greek writers and teachers of rhetoric: in fact, rhetorical study is said by Aristotle to be “concerned with the modes of persuasion” (The Rhetoric, I, I).  

Directions:   Students are to write a Greek (Athens) Democracy persuasive speech and turn it with Google Classroom by the due date. Students have the option, but are encouraged to participate in the election of the 6th Grade Greek Archons, by submitting a video on the due date.   See the specific Greek (Athens) Democracy Speech steps found in the Mr. Streit - Election Center (below). 

Greek (Athens) Democracy Speech steps:

  1. Homework: Write one question you have for a Greek Archon or leader.  The more specific the better and easier to answer later.  Your question can range in topics but, will be organized into the following categories:
    • Leadership
    • Rights / Citizenship
    • Democracy
    • Military / Defense
  2. Collectively we will narrow down the student generated questions.  Once the student generated questions are narrowed down.  Questions will be organized into the categories above in the Graphic Organizer inside the Greek (Athens) Democracy - Speech & Election - 2021 document. 
  3. Open the Greek (Athens) Democracy - Speech & Election - 2021 document (written or video) due 2/26/21
  4. Review the Rubric: Persuasive Speech.  Consider using the Teacher Advice Organization to prepare appropriately. Work on writing your speech with research.  Use the Graphic Organizer and prepare your Introduction Paragraph (Step #1), Body of Speech (Step #2), and Conclusion Paragraph (Step #3).   
  5. When finished. submit your Greek (Athens) Democracy - Speech & Election - 2021 document (written or video) by the due date: 2/26/21.
  6. You must submit a video version in order to compete in the election process. 
  7. Once Mr. Streit has uploaded all of the student speech election videos, you can watch the videos on the Mr. Streit's Youtube Channel: Greek (Athens) Democracy Speech Collection - 6th Grade 2021.  Use the Informed Voter - Greek Democracy and Roman Dictatorship (Voter Registration) 2021 document to watch, personally assess (grade), become an informed voter, make your decision and get ready to vote.  
  8. VoteIn order to vote you need to submit a completed Informed Voter - Greek Democracy and Roman Dictatorship (Voter Registration) 2021 document due 3/5/21
  9. After everyone has been given enough time to watch the student speech election videos and become an informed voter (see #7 & #8),  students will be notified when the election window will be open.
  10. Voter Registration: In order to vote, students must submit the Informed Voter - Greek Democracy and Roman Dictatorship (Voter Registration) 2021 document.  Once submitted, informed voters will be given the opportunity to vote here (right hand side).  Students will only be allowed to vote once.  
  11. Informed Voter Importance: Becoming an informed voter should guarantee that students will vote for another student based on whose ideas most closely represent their own.  Democracy and elections are not intended to be a simple popularity contest.  Additionally, students are not allowed to vote for themselves (although this is obviously different in U.S. elections). 
  12. Winners: After the election window is closed and results are finalized, two Greek Archons (winners) will be elected per A/B group.   The A/B group winners will automatically be excused with a perfect score on the Roman Dictatorship Speech. Eventually, the A/B group Greek Archon (winners) will face off and debate against the Roman Dictatorship (winners).  

Good luck and let the best candidate for Archon win!

6A Greek Archon:  TBD

6B Greek Archon:  TBD


Roman Dictatorship Speech


The year is 49 BCE and you, Julius Caesar (or if you prefer, Julia Caesar), have just crossed the Rubicon River, effectively declaring a civil war in Rome.  You will win the war because, well you are Julius Caesar.  You will soon declare yourself dictator for life and although you don't disband the Roman Republic and the Senate, it is well understood that democracy is over in Rome! You are a beloved by the officers in the military and the plebeian class, but you now need to convince all of the Roman people you are capable of leading Rome to new heights and prosperity.  You will explain the failures of the Roman Republic and how you, a dictator, will protect the Roman people.  In other words, how will Rome flourish under your control?  Most dictators do not gain power by elections, but Julius Caesar was elected as one of the Consuls as part of the Triumvirate, so there will be an election.  The winner of the Roman Dictatorship Speech will automatically receive an A for the upcoming Roman Emperor Report Card.  The winner of Roman Dictatorship Speech will face off in a debate against the winner of the Greek Democracy Speech (refer to the Greek Democracy vs Roman Dictatorship Debate document for more details).  

Directions:   Students are to write a Roman Dictatorship persuasive speech and turn it with Google Classroom by the due date. Students have the option, but are encouraged to participate in the election of the 6th Roman Dictator, by submitting a video on the due date. See the specific Roman Dictatorship Speech steps found in the Mr. Streit - Election Center (below):

Roman Dictatorship Speech Steps:

  1. Roman Dictatorship Speech - Rubric and Questions 2020: NEEDS UPDATING 

    Good luck and let the Roman Dictator win! 

6A Roman Dictator:  TBD 
6B Roman Dictator:  TBD


Greek (Athens) Democracy
Roman Dictatorship
Debate Showdown!  

Winners receive Chipotle lunch and will be included in the Wall of Fame!

 6A Greek Archon:  TBD. vs. 6A Roman Dictator:  TBD
6B Greek Archon: TBD. vs. 6B Roman Dictator:  TBD

6A: TBD (TBD) 2021
6B: TBD (TBD) 2021

6A:  Ellery S. (Greek Archon) 2020
6B:  Jack M. (Greek Archon) 2020

The End?

Public Speaking & Presentation Help

7 Powerful Tips For Public Speaking

  1. Don't talk right away. Relax and allow some nerves to disappear. 
  2. Show up to give, not to take. ...
  3. Make eye contact with audience members one by one. ...
  4. Speak unusually slowly. ...
  5. Ignore the naysayers. ...
  6. Turn nervousness into excitement. 
  7. Say thank you when you're done.