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NCSS: Assessment of Ancient Greece Slavery

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will participate in a referendum concerning the slavery issue of ancient Greece. Afterwards, students will record their explanations for their votes on the issues in the referendum.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the LearningCheck(tm) App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Review with students the previous activities concerning slavery in ancient Greece. Analyze the different viewpoints of the various groups in Greek city-states.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the LearningCheck(tm) file(s) to your class using TI Connect(tm) and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Articulate the contradictions of a system of slavery in a democratic society.
  • Assess statistical data to make inferences about how wars and olive oil production in ancient Greek city-states affected the growth and existence of slave populations, as well as how these factors impacted ancient Greek society.
  • Compare the contradictions of a system of slavery in ancient Greek democracies and in the democracy of the United States.
  • Synthesize and evaluate contemporary perspectives on the issue of slavery in ancient Greece.
  • Propose and debate possible alternatives to the slave system in ancient Greece, based on an informed perspective on contemporary attitudes and worldviews.
  • After the Activity

    Display the referendum results. Ask the students to share some of their responses and lead a class discussion. Collect the explanations for grading from the students.