Period 2 – World History Lesson Plan (8-9-2016)

Period 2 - World History


Introduction to the Origin of Democracy.


The Democratic Tradition

Unit S.M.A.R.T. Goal:

10.1 – Students  will be able to relate the moral and ethical principals in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, in Judaism, and in Christianity to the development of Western political thought.

*Unit S.M.A.R.T. Goal written with this downloadable guide -> SmartGoals Template for Educators

Today’s Objective:

Students will be able to explain what is necessary to formulate a government.

*Lesson objective written with this downloadable guide -> Writing Learning Objectives Guide

Life Connection:

You will be determining how today’s material relates to your current life before you leave here today. I will post some student answers here by tomorrow.


Gross National Product, currency, geography, public services


Warm Up (5 minutes)

Head over to and enter room “A89559b4”

Results – *pending*

Task #1 (Individually) –

Introduction to – My website is an integral part of my class experience. I will show you how it works on the computer and on your cell phones. Depending on the number of people who have a smart device with them we will do a quick scavenger hunt through the site. I will also be showing you the class’s Twitter and Instagram feeds.

Task #2 (Individually) –

Getting to know you activity – I will be giving you a piece of copy paper. On that copy paper you will outline your hand in the center of the page. Then you will write your name in large letters across the bottom of the page. Once this is done, you will write one fact about yourself that you want others to know on the tip of each of your outlined fingers. When you are all done you will take a piece of painters tape and put your paper on the back wall in the appropriate spot.

Student Work Example from Spring 2015: (click/tap to enlarge)


Task #3 (Group) –

Getting to Know you activity – Two Truths and a Lie – You will be in groups of four for this activity. I will show you how to get into groups for my classroom. Introduce yourself to your group members and then tell them two truths and a lie about yourself. Once everyone has gone, each person in the group try to identify the lie each person told. Once you have completed this have one person from the group go to the board and write the people’s names in the group and one fact about each person.

Student Work Example from Spring 2015: (click/tap to enlarge)


Task #4 (Group)

The next task we will be doing is having each group develop their own government. Follow the step by step instructions below.

Step 1

Download this document -> Period 2 – Your Name – Building a Government Activity

Step 2

Click “Save as Google Doc”

Step 3

Type the following into the Title section -> “Period 2 – Your Name – Building a Government Activity” in the top left.

Step 4

Each individual student in the group will answer the questions in the document together.

Task #5 (Group)

When your group is ready let me know and I will come to your group to show you how you will create a Google slideshow together to showcase your group’s government. If someone in your group already knows how to do this still call me over so I know you know how the slide show will be formatted.

Task #6 (Group)

If your group gets through tasks #4 & #5 today, with the time remaining, begin preparing to share out your work with the class. Each person in the group must participate.

Ticket Out the Door:

In three sentences. Explain in your own words how the past created the democracy that we know today.


Review the material from today and be ready for a brief quiz tomorrow morning right after the bell.


9-10.RH1 Cite specific evidence to support analysis of primary & secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.

9-10.WHST.2 Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events (see a-f)


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