The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli Lesson - European History

The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli Lesson - European History
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This resource includes seven original materials that could be used as part of a lesson on Niccolo Machiavelli's book, The Prince, and the school of political realism. Appropriate for adult or high school aged students. This resource would make a great addition to your world history, AP European history, or political science course. With your purchase you will receive:

Machiavelli Powerpoint
A 26 slide Powerpoint examining the biographic information on Niccolo Machiavelli, important reading highlights, and the legacy of the book for today. Includes a debate prompt for students for the conclusion of the unit.

The Prince Packet
This five page work packet includes 22 short response questions examining all major topics from The Prince. Topics explored include the need to feared, the appropriate use of violence, and the role of advisors at court. Each question is answered by students in a short paragraph.

Machiavelli Personality Test
This personality quiz tests your takers' level of "Machiavellianism." "High Machs" prove cynical and untrusting of human nature whereas "Low Machs" remain idealistic about humans' possibilities. Test your students and see where they land!

Game of Thrones Matching
A great connection to a study of The Prince, HBO's popular series Game of Thrones contains many examples of Machiavelli's ideas put into practice. I like to have my students watch the series as part of their summer assignment. This handout quizzes students on five Machiavellian deeds carried out by characters on the show.

Game of Thrones Notetaker
A great supplement to watching clips of the show in your classroom, this handout has students identify the Machiavellian traits of their favorite characters and then connect them to European history.

Europe's Dynasties
This handout examines the real life "Game of Thrones," identifying 16 important houses in Europe's history. Also includes hierarchies of nobles and clergy, and a breakdown of Christianity's denominations. A good supplement for the early year.

Diplomacy Notetaker
This handout accompanies a class discussion / takeaway after having read The Prince and examined the schools of realism and idealism in foreign policy. As students examine each topic, have them bullet or annotate each point.

This unit has been universally well-received by students. I recommend having students read The Prince as their summer assignment. Use these materials on their return to school. I also strongly recommend the BBC documentary "Who's Afraid of Machiavelli?" as a part of this unit.
Total Pages
10 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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