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

Speech Preparation 

Greek (Athens) Democracy Speech

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:    These are certainly unique times and E-Learning and social distancing have some challenges and limitations. In order, to foster a greater sense of community, significant changes will be made to the Greek (Athens) Democracy Speech & Election. Students are to write a Greek (Athens) Democracy persuasive speech (see Graphic Organizer: Persuasive Speech attached) and then turn it with Google Classroom or send it to rstreit@cps.edu 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.  Student will then follow these steps:

Greek (Athens) Democracy Speech Steps:


  1. Greek (Athens) Democracy Speech due on Friday, March 27th (written or video).
  2. Once Mr. Streit has uploaded all of the student speech videos, you can watch the videos Greek (Athens) Democracy Speech Collection - 6th Grade 2020
  3. Become an Informed Voter - Greek (Athens) Democracy Election 2020 due Tuesday, March 31st (optional but required to vote).
  4. Vote: After everyone has been given time to watch the election videos and students have become an informed voter.  Students will be notified when the election window will be open and students will be given the opportunity to vote here (right hand side).  Students will only be allowed to vote once and must submit the Informed Voter - Greek (Athens) Democracy Election 2020 document to verify their voter registration.  The Informed Voter document is to guarantee that students vote for another student based on whose ideas most closely represent their own beliefs.  This election is not intended to be a simple popularity contest and students cannot vote for themselves.  After the election window is closed and results are finalized, two winners or Greek Archons would be elected per A/B group.  The winners will automatically be excused with a perfect score on the Roman Dictatorship Speech, with the hopes that we will back and these speeches can be delivered in a normal classroom setting.  If not, we will modify these expectations.  Hopefully, the Greek Archon (winners) will face off and debate against the Roman Dictatorship (winners).  

Good luck and let the best candidate win!

6A Greek Archon:  Ellery S

6B Greek Archon:  Jack M 

DEBATE

Roman Dictatorship Speech

Introduction:

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

These are certainly unique times and E-Learning and social distancing have some challenges and limitations.  Students are to write a Roman Dictatorship persuasive speech (see Graphic Organizer: Persuasive Speech attached) and then turn it with Google Classroom or send it to rstreit@cps.edu by the due date. Students have the option but are encouraged to participate in the election of the 6th Grade Roman Dictator by submitting a video on the due date.  Student will then follow these steps:

Roman Dictatorship Speech Steps:

  1. Roman Dictatorship Speech - Rubric and Questions 2020Due on Thursday, May 7th (written or video)
  2. After the speeches have been uploaded to Mr. Streit’s YouTube, watch the Roman Dictatorship Speech Collection - 6th Grade
  3. Become an Informed Voter - Roman Dictator Election 2020 (Voter Registration) due Wednesday, May 13th (optional but required to vote)
  4. Vote: After everyone has been given time to watch the election videos and students have become an informed voter.  Students will be notified when the election window will be open and students will be given the opportunity to vote here (right hand side).  Students will be only allowed to vote once and must submit the Informed Voter - Roman Dictator Election 2020 document to verify their voter registration.  The Informed Voter document is to guarantee that students vote for another student based on whose ideas most closely represent their own beliefs.  This election is not intended to be a simple popularity contest and students cannot vote for themselves.  After the election window is closed and results are finalized, two winners or Greek Archons would be elected per A/B group.  The winners will automatically be excused with a perfect score on the Roman Emperor Report Card. Hopefully, we will be back for debate between the Greek Archon (winners) vs. the Roman Dictator (winners).  If we are not back, in a normal classroom setting by then, we will set up a Zoom debate.  


    Good luck and let the Roman Dictator win! 

6A Roman Dictator:  Jackson Sh.
6B Roman Dictator:  Johannes A.

DEBATE


Greek (Athens) Democracy
vs.
 
Roman Dictatorship
Debate Showdown!  
Monday, June 1st during Zoom Lesson 

Winners receive Chipotle lunch with Mr. Streit!  

 6A Greek Archon:  Ellery S. vs. 6A Roman Dictator:  Jackson Sh.
6B Greek Archon: Jack M. vs. 6B Roman Dictator:  Johannes A.

WINNERS! 
6A:  TBD (TBD)
6B:  TBD (TBD)

WIN FOOD!

The End?

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