9th Grade Fall of Roman Empire Inquiry Did the Roman Empire Fall?



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9th Grade Fall of Roman Empire Inquiry

Did the Roman
Empire Fall?




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National Archives (United Kingdom), map of the Roman Empire c200 A.D.

The National Archives UK. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/heroesvillains/g3/cs1/g3cs1s1.htm.
Supporting Questions

1.What made the Roman conquests an empire?

2.Why did the Roman Empire fall?

3.Was the Roman Empire’s fall an abrupt change?



4.To what extent did the Roman Empire transform?

9th Grade Fall of Roman Empire Inquiry


Did the Roman Empire Fall?

New York State Social Studies Framework Key Idea & Practices

9.3 CLASSICAL CIVILIZATIONS: EXPANSION, ACHIEVEMENT, DECLINE: Classical civilizations in Eurasia and Mesoamerica employed a variety of methods to expand and maintain control over vast territories. They developed lasting cultural achievements. Both internal and external forces led to the eventual decline of these empires.

Gathering, Using, and Interpreting Evidence Chronological Reasoning and Causation

Staging the Compelling Question

Debate the extent to which mathematicians can predict the rise and fall of empires.




Supporting Question 1




Supporting Question 2




Supporting Question 3




Supporting Question 4

What made the Roman conquests an empire?




Why did the Roman Empire fall?




Was the Roman Empire’s fall an abrupt change?




To what extent did the Roman Empire transform?

Formative
Performance Task





Formative
Performance Task





Formative
Performance Task





Formative
Performance Task


List and describe the characteristics and attributes of the Roman Empire.




Write a summary explaining accepted reasons for why Roman Empire fell.




Develop a claim supported by evidence about the extent to which the fall of Rome reflected swift and abrupt changes.




Develop a claim supported by evidence about the extent to which Rome slowly transformed rather than fell.

Featured Sources




Featured Sources




Featured Sources




Featured Sources

Source A: Map of the Roman Empire at the height of its power

Source B: Synopsis of Rome: An Empire’s Story

Source C: Digital atlas of Roman and Medieval civilization




Source A: Excerpt from The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Source B: “The Fall of Rome Reconsidered”

Source C: “What Led to the Fall of the Roman Empire”




Source A: Excerpt from The Fall of the Roman Empire

Source B: Excerpt from The Historical Problem of the Fall of Rome

Source C: Excerpt from “The End of the Roman Empire”




Source A: Excerpt from Roman Realities

Source B: Excerpt from “The Myth of ‘Decline and Fall’”

Source C: Excerpt from “The Vanishing Paradigm of the Fall of Rome”




Summative Performance Task

ARGUMENT Did the Roman Empire fall? Construct an argument (e.g., detailed outline, poster, essay) that addresses the compelling question using specific claims and relevant evidence from contemporary and historical sources while acknowledging competing views.

EXTENSION Examine a textbook description of the fall of the Roman Empire and either write a revision or explain why it is wholly accurate.

Taking Informed Action

UNDERSTAND Research and discuss the ways in which the United States is an empire.

ASSESS Determine the state of the United States’ empire and whether it is rising or falling.

ACT Invite a local expert (e.g., scholar, political scientist, anthropologist, politician) to lead a panel discussion by students on the international status of the United States.
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