2/3-6 Machiavelli

DQ: Is it better to be loved or feared?

In Class:

1. Consider three scenarios:

  • Is honesty the best policy?
  • Do the ends justify the means?
  • Is it better to be loved or feared?

2. In groups read The Prince (excerpt). Work through questions on the back side.

3. Create scenarios whereby we can judge whether Machiavelli would have agreed with the decisions and actions displayed. For extra credit, include one Smart Board drawing as a prop/background to use that includes Renaissance characteristics.  Scenarios should be sketched out in writing. All members of the group should have a substantive role.

4. Honors: Select a chapter in the Prince to read in its entirety. The Stanford site will give you added support materials:

Create a Smart Board-based lecture on one of the chapters. You will complete both the lecture notes and the presentation as a group. The presentation will be done Monday 2/6 in class. The presentation should be 10-15 minutes and include the following:
  • excerpts from the text including key quotes
  • analysis about what the text means
  • how it applies to current events
  • at least two provocative discussion questions for the class to ponder


Complete the questions from The Prince. Continue reading and taking notes according to the timeline written in the Reading Guide.


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