I look forward to this activity every year! There are five documents included: PowerPoint Notes on Plato and Aristotle's views on governing, a Close Note PowerPoint copy of the notes if you are not doing standard notes, the Student Activity Chart, Eight Quote Sheets for groups to analyze and an eight question quiz. I'll do the close notes with students writing Cornell Note questions for each slide later. There are a few slides for students to interact with and where you could call upon them for responses. First, What is democracy? After the Plato section of notes there are two interact opportunities with the first comparing two of his governing opinions, then they write a quote befitting Plato's ideas and style using terms from their notes. They'll do this similarly for Aristotle. This could take 30 minutes to the full class period. The next day is all about analyzing quotes of the two philosophers. There are eight quotes (8 groups) three of which are Plato, three are Aristotle and two "mystery" philosophers thrown in to make things interesting. I usually create two circles of groups to assess the quotes from "The Republic" and "Politics" which they have 5-7 minutes to analyze. I time them using the online-stopwatch.com countdown timer. A "cheat sheet KEY" is the last slide of the notes. Following the activity I use the KEY at the end of the PowerPoint notes to discuss, review and tie the correct responses to their notes. We'll then proceed to the quiz the following day which is a PowerPoint you can print out or use in a timed fashion as each slide is timed for a 1 minute duration. Quiz KEY included.
This complete activity investigates California's Grade Ten World History Standard 10.1.1 Trace the development of Western political ideas of the rule of law and illegitimacy of tyranny, using selections from Plato's "Republic" and Aristotle's "Politics."