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Activity Overview


After students learn about the differences and similarities between two major city-states of Ancient Greece, Athens and Sparta, students can create a T-Chart with images and text that can compare and contrast the city-states based on different categories such as: government, economy, education, and social structure.


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Objective: Compare and contrast two major city-states of Ancient Greece: Athens and Sparta.

Student Instructions:

  1. Using school resources, conduct some research and learn more about the government, economy, education and roles of women and enslaved people in both Athens and Sparta.
  2. On a T-Chart, compare and contrast the two city-states with information about Athens on one side and information about Sparta on the other side. Add appropriate words and images to describe each category. To find images related to Ancient Greece, type “Greece” into the search bar.

Requirements: A minimum of 1-2 sentence description and appropriate illustrations for each of the categories: government, economy, education and women and enslaved people in both the Athens column and the Sparta column.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Compare and Contrast with T-Charts

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/B] Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

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