Modern World Civilization

Rise of Democratic Ideas Unit

Purpose: To trace the roots of democracy through different world civilizations. To compare the strengths and weaknesses of direct democracy, a republic, absolute monarchy and constitutional monarchy. To identify the contributions of historical figures on democracy.

Objectives: At the end of this unit students will be able to:

    1. define democracy, republic, absolute monarchy and constitutional monarchy.
    2. consider how beliefs and values affect ideas about government
    3. analyze various governments in history and evaluate how democratic and effective they were.
    4. discover what American democracy learned from previous thinkers and governments
    5. evaluate which government system is the most effective.

 

Skills: At the end of this unit students will be able to:

    1. locate resources in Davis Senior High Library
    2. communicate both orally and in writing regarding press conference

Assessment: Homework assignments (30 points)

Class participation: including daily warm-ups, student response sheet, small group projects, and handouts. (40 points)

Democratic Ideas Press Conference (40 points)

Unit Test (100 points)

Homework:

Due on Friday August 29, 2003

Read Democratic Ideas Packet: Section on Judeo-Christian Tradition

Complete corresponding questions in the answer packet.

Due on Tuesday September 2, 2003

Read Democratic Ideas Packet: Section on Ancient Greece.

Complete corresponding questions in the answer packet.

Due on Wednesday September 3, 2003

Read Democratic Ideas Packet: Section on Ancient Rome.

Complete corresponding questions in the answer packet.

Due on Thursday September 4, 2003

Read Democratic Ideas Packet: Section on France.

Complete corresponding questions in the answer packet.

Due on Friday September 5, 2003

Read Democratic Ideas Packet: Section on England.

Complete corresponding questions in the answer packet.

Due on Wednesday September 10, 2003

Read Democratic Ideas Packet: Section on Scientific Revolution and Age of Enlightenment. Complete corresponding questions in the answer packet.

Your invitation to the Tribute to Democracy Awards on Tuesday September 9, 2003

The Oscars award excellence in movies. The Grammies award excellence in music. The Espyís award excellence in sports. Now you are invited to a new glamorous and exciting ceremony awarding excellence to those who have made contributions to modern democracy. Our award winners have all been dead for some time however through special technology we able to travel back in time and meet with these enlightened philosophers and thinkers. At the ceremony, each press agent will make a 1-2 minute introduction of his or her award winner followed by a 3-minute acceptance speech by our winners. Following the ceremony, each winner and press agent will be available for questions from the press corps.

The Nominees include:

Aristotle

Queen Elizabeth I

Thomas Hobbes

John Locke

King Louis XIV

Baron de Montisquieu

Plato

John-Jacque Rousseau

Mary Wollstonecraft

 

Directions for the Democracy Awards Ceremony

You will be pre-assigned to groups of 3-4 students and assigned an award winner from the above list. Your group will work together using class time to research information about your assigned person. The class will visit the Davis Senior High School library during the course of the unit and you will have opportunity to have a personalized tour as well as gather information for your topic. Each group member will have a role in awards ceremony, which will be explained below.

Actor- plays the part of the historical figure, which delivers acceptance speech and is open to questions by reporters and historians during the awards ceremony.

Historian- is responsible for ensuring that all group members understand the beliefs of the historical figure. Reads biographical briefing out loud to the group and leads discussion of the questions on it. Assists in finding out research about assigned person.

Press Agent- takes time to learn about the ideas and personal history of historical figure. Writes and delivers the brief biographical introduction of their assigned winner.

Investigative Reporter- is responsible for anticipating and preparing Actor for questions that he or she may receive during the ceremony. Prepares and asks probing questions of other award winners as well.

* If group has only 3 members then the Press Agent and Investigative reporter roles will be combined*

Each group will submit a copy of their biographical speech, acceptance speech and questions for the awards ceremony.

Rubric for Democracy Award Ceremony

1= weak 2=Moderately weak 3= Average 4=Moderately Strong 5=Strong

  1. Group make good use of class time and locates information during library session.
  2. Group is well prepared and ready to present on time.
  3. The biographical speech provides details about the winnerís contributions to modern democracy
  4. The acceptance speech clearly demonstrates the winnerís contributions to modern democracy.
  5. The investigative reporterís questions are well prepared and the actor is equally prepared to answer questions.
  6. The speeches provide historically accurate information.
  7. The speakers speak clearly, project their voices and make eye contact with the audience.
  8. Overall, the final result represents the groups full potential.

 

Democracy Awards Ceremony on Tuesday September 9, 2003.

Unit test/ Notebook Collection on Friday September 12, 2003.

Reminder no late notebooks accepted!