Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome Unit Scope

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Essential Questions

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How has Ancient Rome...

  • shaped the creation of other cities? 
  • created notable leaders?
  • influenced modern society?
  • teacher’s choice    

Key Topics

These topics are critical themes within the big topic area.

Foundations Notable Leaders Modern Connections

Recommended Newsela Materials

The most relevant articles are in the first text set. The additional text sets include materials to address the topics.

Articles

The most relevant articles are in the first text set. The additional text sets include materials to address the topics.

Foundations Notable Leaders Modern Connections

Great Cities: Rome wasn't planned in a day … in fact wasn't planned at all

Greco-Roman: Early Experiments in Participatory Government

Ancient Rome Part One, Early Kingdom and Republic

Ancient Rome Part Two, The Roman Empire 

Lost Cities: Pompeii, preserved by disaster, risks ruin all over again

Ancient Religions: Public worship of Greeks and Romans

 

Myths and Legends: Romulus and Remus, and the founding of Rome

World Leaders: Julius Caesar

Primary Sources: The Assassination of Julius Caesar

A race to restore order as rival blues and greens threatened empire 

Sleeping giant stirs under volcanic hills outside Rome, study says

Reading ancient scrolls: a few words at a time

Return address: Italian library gets back stolen letter from Columbus

Jupiter showed solar system who's boss, helped Earth to form

Written in stone: Pompeii's messages from the ancient world

Formative Tasks

The tasks are organized by subtopic and provide teachers with relevant resources for classroom implementation. Teacher can use these activities and assessments to determine student learning.

Foundations Notable Leaders Modern Connections

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Great Cities: Rome wasn't planned in a day … in fact wasn't planned at all

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Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A:Ancient Rome’s location had both positive and negative impacts on its success. Using examples from the articles, argue whether the location was critical to the success or helped accelerate the downfall.

Prompt B: Myths, festivals, and worship were a critical part of ancient Rome’s success. Which of these do you think had the largest impact? Please defend your response with specific examples from the text.

Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder.

 

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Primary Sources: The Assassination of Julius Caesar

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Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A: The myth of Romulus and Remus and leaders like Julius Caesar had significant impacts on Rome. Using your knowledge of these leaders, compare and contrast their background, victories, and downfall.

Prompt B:  Julius Caesar is often discussed by historians. By thinking about his impact on Rome and other leaders of this time period, what makes a great leader? Be sure to defend your point of view with examples from the text.

Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder.

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Sleeping giant stirs under volcanic hills outside Rome, study says

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Reading ancient scrolls: a few words at a time

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Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A: In modern day society, historians are looking at the rise and fall of different civilizations. Using the information about the volcanic hills outside of Rome, what role did natural disasters play in these civilizations rising or falling? Do similar challenges with natural disasters exist for society today?

Prompt B: When thinking about the connections between ancient Rome and today’s society, what stands out to you the most? Select one moment in time, an artifact, scientific contribution or person that you would like to learn more about. In your response, please include what you have already learned and why this interests you to learn more

Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder

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