SS.7.CG.1.1

Analyze the influences of ancient Greece, ancient Rome and the Judeo-Christian tradition on America’s constitutional republic.

Clarifications

Clarification 1: Students will explain the influence of ancient Greece on America’s constitutional republic (e.g., civic participation, legislative bodies, polis, voting rights, written constitution).

Clarification 2: Students will explain the influence of ancient Rome on America’s constitutional republic (e.g., civic participation, republicanism, representative government, rule of law, separation of powers).

Clarification3: Students will compare and contrast the democratic principles of ancient Greece and ancient Rome with those of the United States.

Clarification 4: Students will explain how the Judeo-Christian ethical ideas of justice, individual worth, personal responsibility and the rule of law influenced America’s constitutional republic.

General Information
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade: 7
Strand: Civics and Government
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
2106015: M/J Civics (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
2106016: M/J Civics & Career Planning (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019, 2019 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
2106020: M/J Civics, Advanced (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019, 2019 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
2106025: M/J Civics, Advanced (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
2106026: M/J Civics, Advanced & Career Planning (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019, 2019 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
7821023: Access M/J Civics and Career Planning (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2019, 2019 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
7821021: Access M/J Civics (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
2106029: M/J Civics and Digital Technologies (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
2100045: M/J United States History & Civics (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SS.7.CG.1.AP.1: Identify the influences of ancient Greece, ancient Rome and the Judeo-Christian tradition on America’s constitutional republic.

Related Resources

Vetted resources educators can use to teach the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Lesson Plans

Democracy at Work: Federal, State, and Local Elections - Intro to Voting and Elections:

In this lesson, students will learn about the origins of democratic institutions in the United States and how voting and elections play a crucial role in supporting a constitutional republic and affecting the lives of citizens.

Type: Lesson Plan

Greek and Roman Influences on American Government:

In this lesson plan, students will read and analyze documents relating to the systems of government created by the ancient Greek city-state of Athens, the Roman Republic, and the United States. They will evaluate and compare the systems to determine how they influenced the American constitutional republican form of government.

Type: Lesson Plan

The Influence of Ancient Rome:

In this lesson plan, students will analyze the influences of ancient Rome on America’s modern constitutional republic while completing guided notes that accompany a teacher-presented slideshow. Students will then show what they know by completing and submitting a short written response to a provided prompt.

Type: Lesson Plan

The Influence of Ancient Greece:

In this lesson plan, students will analyze the influences of Ancient Greek democracy on America’s modern constitutional republic while completing guided notes that accompany a teacher-presented slideshow. Students will then show what they know by completing and submitting a short written response to a provided prompt.

Type: Lesson Plan

America's Roman Roots:

In this lesson plan, students will view and anaylze an image of Cicero giving an address to the Roman Senators using teacher led questions. Students will divide into groups to research the influences that Rome had on the creation of America’s constitutional republic. Finally, students will share their findings to the class through short presentations.

Type: Lesson Plan

Original Student Tutorials

The Influence of Ancient Greece: Part 3:

Compare and contrast the political systems and democratic principles that developed in ancient Greece with those of the modern United States.

This is Part 3 in a 3-part interactive tutorial series. Click below to explore the other tutorials in the series.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Influence of Ancient Greece: Part 2:

Compare and contrast the political systems and democratic principles that developed in ancient Greece with those of the modern United States.

This is Part 2 in a 3-part series. Click below to explore the other tutorials in the series.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Influence of Ancient Greece: Part 1:

In Part 1 of this interactive tutorial series, you'll learn about direct democracy as it developed in ancient Athens, Greece. In Parts 2 and 3, you'll compare and contrast the political systems and democratic principles that developed in Greece with those of the modern United States.

This is Part 1 in a 3-part series. Click below to explore the other tutorials in the series.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Teaching Idea

Grade 7 Civics Family Guide: Standard 1:

This Grade 7 Civics Family Guide provides some ideas and activities to support civics education when at home, out and about, and in the community. The activities provided align to the civics learning benchmarks within Standard 1 at this grade level.

Type: Teaching Idea

Integrated Social Studies with Civics Original tutorials - Grades 6-12

The Influence of Ancient Greece: Part 1:

In Part 1 of this interactive tutorial series, you'll learn about direct democracy as it developed in ancient Athens, Greece. In Parts 2 and 3, you'll compare and contrast the political systems and democratic principles that developed in Greece with those of the modern United States.

This is Part 1 in a 3-part series. Click below to explore the other tutorials in the series.

The Influence of Ancient Greece: Part 2:

Compare and contrast the political systems and democratic principles that developed in ancient Greece with those of the modern United States.

This is Part 2 in a 3-part series. Click below to explore the other tutorials in the series.

The Influence of Ancient Greece: Part 3:

Compare and contrast the political systems and democratic principles that developed in ancient Greece with those of the modern United States.

This is Part 3 in a 3-part interactive tutorial series. Click below to explore the other tutorials in the series.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Original Student Tutorials

The Influence of Ancient Greece: Part 3:

Compare and contrast the political systems and democratic principles that developed in ancient Greece with those of the modern United States.

This is Part 3 in a 3-part interactive tutorial series. Click below to explore the other tutorials in the series.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Influence of Ancient Greece: Part 2:

Compare and contrast the political systems and democratic principles that developed in ancient Greece with those of the modern United States.

This is Part 2 in a 3-part series. Click below to explore the other tutorials in the series.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Influence of Ancient Greece: Part 1:

In Part 1 of this interactive tutorial series, you'll learn about direct democracy as it developed in ancient Athens, Greece. In Parts 2 and 3, you'll compare and contrast the political systems and democratic principles that developed in Greece with those of the modern United States.

This is Part 1 in a 3-part series. Click below to explore the other tutorials in the series.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Teaching Idea

Grade 7 Civics Family Guide: Standard 1:

This Grade 7 Civics Family Guide provides some ideas and activities to support civics education when at home, out and about, and in the community. The activities provided align to the civics learning benchmarks within Standard 1 at this grade level.

Type: Teaching Idea