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Election Center (6th Grade)
Greek (Athens) Democracy
vs.
Roman Dictatorship 

Speech Preparation 

Greek (Athens) Democracy Speech

The Beginning
Introduction:  The Ancient Greeks of Athens created the first democratic society.  It was the influence of key Greek leaders and philosophers like Pericles, Socrates, and Plato that helped create this new and experimental system.  A society where the people, well some, had the right to vote on important issues (direct democracy).  Greek democracy is the precursor to the Roman republic and eventually the U.S. Constitution, government, balance of power (system of checks and balances), and the liberties we enjoy.  You will be writing and delivering a persuasive speech.  Persuasive speech arises out of the process of deliberation, when audiences need all sides of an issue presented to them before they make a decision. In this sense, its roots are in the Greek democratic state. This made it a form of speech of particular interest for all Greek writers and teachers of rhetoric: in fact, rhetorical study is said by Aristotle to be “concerned with the modes of persuasion” (The Rhetoric, I, I).  After all of the speeches have been delivered there will be an election of a Greek leader or Archon.  We will narrow down the election process to two student Greek leaders.  Then a final debate will take place, using the student generated questions and a final election.  Once a Greek leader, Archon, has been elected they will eventually face off against the winner of the Roman Dictatorship Speeches and be excused with an automatic perfect score of the Roman Dictatorship Speech.  

Directions:   Students will create all of the necessary questions to be answered during the speech in class.  Once that process is complete refer to the Greek (Athens) Democracy Speech - Rubric and Questions document.  Inside the electronic version of this document you will find the rubric you will be graded with, the student generated questions, and a very helpful graphic organizer to help prepare and organize your speech.  Good luck and let the best candidate win!


Greek (Athens) Democracy Speech: Will begin on Monday April 3rd [Block Schedule]

6A Order:  TBD (Vote for TWO)

6B Order: TBD (Vote for TWO)


Greek (Athens) Democracy Debate: Monday/Tuesday April 24th/25th [Block Schedule]
6A Debate:  Caden  vs. Ellen (Vote for ONE)
6B Debate: Sammy  vs. Jonah (Vote for ONE)

Greek (Athens) Democracy Resources: 

DEBATE

Roman Dictatorship Speech

Roman Dictatorship Speech Preparation (homework):
Write 2 detailed questions to be answered during the Roman Dictatorship speech.  Remember questions should be centered around the theme of Julius Caesar and the concept that a dictatorship is the best form of a government (you don't have to agree).  If you need help getting started or coming with unique and important questions, please refer to the Roman Republic Resources, Punic War Resources, and the Roman Empire Resources.  

Introduction:

The year is 49 BCE and you, Julius Caesar (or if you prefer, Julia Caesar), have just crossed the Rubicon River, effectively declaring a civil war in Rome.  You will win the war because well you are Julius Caesar.  You will soon declare yourself dictator for life and although you don't disband the Roman Republic and the Senate, it is well understood that democracy is over in Rome! You are a beloved by the officers in the military and the plebeian class, but you now need to convince all of the Roman people you are capable of leading Rome to new heights and prosperity.  You will explain the failures of the Roman Republic and how you, a dictator, will protect the Roman people.  In other words, how will Rome flourish under your control?  Most dictators do not gain power by elections, but Julius Caesar was elected as one of the Consuls as part of the Triumvirate, so there will be an election.  The winner of the Roman Dictatorship Speech will automatically receive an A for the upcoming Roman Emperor Report Card.  The winner of Roman Dictatorship Speech will face off in a debate against the winner of the Greek Democracy Speech (refer to the Greek Democracy vs Roman Dictatorship Debate document for more details).  


Directions

Students will create all of the necessary questions to be answered during the speech in class.  Once that process is complete refer to the Roman Dictatorship Speech - Rubric and Questions document.  Inside the electronic version of this document you will find the rubric you will be graded with, the student generated questions, and a very helpful graphic organizer to help prepare and organize your speech.  Good luck and let the best dictator win!  

Roman Dictatorship Speech: Will begin on May 16th/17th [Block Schedule]


6A Order: START HERE -> TBD

6B Order: START HERE -> TBD

Roman Dictatorship Speech Resources

DEBATE

Greek (Athens) Democracy
vs. 
Roman Dictatorship
Debate Showdown!  Friday May 26th & Tuesday May 30th [Block Schedule]

Winners receive Chipotle lunch with Mr. Streit!  

 6A Greek Archon:  Ellen vs. 6A Roman Dictator:   Ronan
6B Greek Archon: Jonah vs. 6B Roman Dictator:  Henry 

WINNERS! 
6A:  Ronan (Roman Dictator)
6B:  Henry (Roman Dictator)

WIN FOOD!

The End?

Public Speaking & Presentation Help

7 Powerful Tips For Public Speaking

  1. Don't talk right away. Relax and allow some nerves to disappear. 
  2. Show up to give, not to take. ...
  3. Make eye contact with audience members one by one. ...
  4. Speak unusually slowly. ...
  5. Ignore the naysayers. ...
  6. Turn nervousness into excitement. 
  7. Say thank you when you're done.