Guiding Question:

Whose thought most clearly influenced the culture of Ancient Greece?

 

 

Use the following categories to define your philosopphers influence over the culture:

 

Examples:

Thesis:

Aristotle’s philosophy most influenced the political culture of ancient Greece.

 

The political culture of ancient Greece was most influenced by Aristotle’s philosophy.

 

Aristotle’s philosophies concerning political reasoning and organization were most influential to the culture of ancient Greece.

 

Ancient Greece’s political culture was most influenced by Aristotle’s innovative political reasoning and organization.

 

Topic Sentence #1: discussing all 4

 

The history of Ancient Greece was impacted by four great philosophers.

 

Ancient Greece was shaped by four famous/prominent philosophers who shared many similarities and great/definitive differences.

 

The Classical Period of Ancient Greece was dominated by four great philosophers.

 

Topic Sentence #2:

 

Ancient Greece’s political culture was most influenced by Aristotle’s innovative political reasoning.

 

Aristotle’s innovative political reasoning greatly influenced Ancient Greece’s culture.

 

Aristotle’s thoughts on the ideal form of political organization shaped the governmental structure of Ancient Greece.

 

 

Topic Sentence #3:

 

Ancient Greece’s political culture was most influenced by Aristotle’s innovative political organization.

 

Aristotle’s thoughts on political organization greatly influenced the culture of Ancient Greece.

 

A’s views…affected

 

 

o     Use of Evidence:

-        You must use sources in a social science paper and discuss their significance.

-        It is what social scientists do.  They search out evidence that supports their arguments.

-        Always set-up your quotes and blend them.

-        Always cite your evidence – even when paraphrasing 

-        Set-up, “quote” (cite).

 

o     Specific and Appropriate Evidence:

-        You must find quotes or evidence that best supports your topic.

-        You should rely on that evidence to drive your paper, so the evidence must be reliable.

-        Get in the habit now of saying and writing “for example” and “for instance”

  Always ask yourself: “SO WHAT?”

 

o     Formal Writing Voice:

-        Avoid first person pronouns: I, we, us

-        Avoid second person “you.”  In the case of your writing, the “you” becomes the teacher and it sounds like you’re giving me directions or yelling at me and I’m very sensitive.

-        Do not use contractions in a formal paper – no wouldn’t, hadn’t, couldn’t, shouldn’t, please.

 

o     Never to be Seen:

-        “this is because…”

-        “in conclusion,” “in summary,” “ all in all,” or “to summarize”

-        “so” at the beginning of a sentence

-        “this quote shows”

-        “in this quote it says”

-        “by this he means”

-        “what he’s saying is”

-        “the primary document says”

-        “the first source shows”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: R. Levine SHS Westport, CT