This in-depth look at the philosophies espoused in "The Prince" by Machiavelli, allows students to practice close reading, question, reflect, analyze, and evaluate complex ideas. Originally, this was designed to be part of a Renaissance unit and is a wonderful way to make modern day connections to politics, as well as questions about leadership, ethics, morality, integrity, and character. Please note that I did include a suggestion for how many sentences the length of each answer should be. That was helpful for sixth graders, but you might want to delete it for older students or those who should challenge themselves to write more.
This assignment reaches a huge variety of learners and leads to excellent discussion. You can even use the discussion questions at the end to run a Socratic Seminar. Younger and less advanced students may need help breaking down the quotations and processing them, but depending on how independent you make this assignment, it can be appropriate for very high level or gifted students as well. This would work well as an extension activity for gifted students who need something supplementary while other kids are working at a slower pace.
This packet has six pages including a cover page. There are 9 quotes excerpted from "The Prince" by Niccolo Machiavelli, a table to respond to the quotes, and questions designed for both written responses and classroom discussion. At the end, I have included a couple links for supplementary materials.
Please note that the formatting looks better on the actual document than it does in the thumbnails. :)