Roman Empire - Unit Plan Presentation

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Content Standards:

Content Standards 7.1 Students analyze the causes and effects of the vast expansion and ultimate disintegration of the Roman Empire. Study the early strengths and lasting contributions of Rome (e.g., significance of Roman citizenship; rights under Roman law; Roman art, architecture, engineering, and philosophy; preservation and transmission of Christianity) and its ultimate internal weaknesses (e.g., rise of autonomous military powers within the empire, undermining of citizenship by the growth of corruption and slavery, lack of education, and distribution of news). Discuss the geographic borders of the empire at its height and the factors that threatened its territorial cohesion. Describe the establishment by Constantine of the new capital in Constantinople and the development of the Byzantine Empire, with an emphasis on the consequences of the development of two distinct European civilizations, Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic, and their two distinct views on church-state relations .

Unit Goals & 21st Century Skills:

Unit Goals & 21 st Century Skills Unit Goals Understand how various events led to the fall of the Roman Empire Learn how it is that we can know what happened in ancient times Understand how the Roman Empire relates to the modern day 21 st Century Skills Critical thinking: students will demonstrate ability to analyze and evaluate claims by writing a paper on the differences between ancient and modern sources Collaboration : students will demonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams through group assignments Technology literacy: students will use technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate and communicate information through assignments using web research, Popplet , and creating a digital poster

Learning objectives & Assessments:

Learning objectives & Assessments Learning Objectives S tudents will be able to arrange events and their effects in the correct order on a timeline, when given a list of 10 events In groups of 3, students will be able to compare ancient and modern sources, identify 3 discrepancies and explain them based on at least one of the following: source’s credibility, verifiability, use of opinion vs fact, or author’s perspective Students will be able to evaluate contributions of Ancient Rome that are still in use today. In groups of 3 they will choose the one they think is most important and state their opinion as to why Assessments A timeline of 10 events and their effects A 2-page paper comparing two descriptions of the same event – one ancient and one modern. Paper should identify at least 3 discrepancies and reference at least one of the following: source’s credibility, verifiability, use of opinion vs fact, or author’s perspective A digital poster advertising the contribution of the Roman Empire to modern society that they think is the most important and a short presentation explaining why

Learning Activities:

Learning Activities In groups of 3, students will select an event and its descriptions by an ancient and modern source. They will analyze these descriptions, looking for discrepancies and give their reasons why they are different. Findings will be summarized on a Popplet that each student will have access to from which they will individually write a 2-page paper. In groups of 3, students will fill in a handout on contributions of the Roman Empire. They will provide examples of how those contributions are used in the modern day. Afterward each group will choose one contribution and create a digital poster advertising why their choice is the most significant, as well as prepare a short presentation.

Why I chose this topic:

Why I chose this topic I chose this topic because a good understanding of the causes of the expansion and failure of the Roman Empire will help in understanding future empires, many of which will also be studied in 7 th grade I think any topic dealing with ancient sources lends itself well to creating a technology rich unit plan because: a) many ancient sources are available online b ) the challenges with ancient sources allow for interesting comparison with internet sources. While one is difficult to verify because there may be only one source, the other can overwhelm with sources. In each case, the reader needs to know how to select valid information.

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