Fall of the Roman Empire Letter to the Editor



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Fall of the Roman Empire Letter to the Editor
Pick one of the following reasons that caused the Roman Empire to fall or use an idea from the class video “Ancient Rome: Fall of an Empire”. Research the problems using the websites listed on this page to write an editorial. You are writing as if you are living in the time of Rome’s decline. The editorial should warn the leaders and the people of the dangers to the empire. The editorial should offer a solution or “call to action” of Roman citizens to avoid disaster.

Write a short editorial. Write as if you are writing during the time of Rome’s decline. Make sure you cite at least one of the reasons listed above, or one from your own research. The editorial should warn the leaders and the people of the danger to the empire. You must list the source of your information. For example: textbook, video, or one of the following websites. The source listing must be in proper form. This is the example of how you would list the video:


Ancient Rome: Fall of an Empire. Discovery Channel School. 2004.
unitedstreaming. 15 May 2007

Illustrated History of the Roman Empire: FAQ (see “Why did Rome fall?” http://www.roman-empire.net/diverse/faq.html


Fall of Rome: Decline of the Roman Empire http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/romefallarticles/a/fallofrome.htm
Roman Empire: The Fall of Rome

http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/romans/history/fall.htm


Malaria and the fall of Rome

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/02/0221_malariarome.html


Why Rome Fell

http://www.historyguide.org/ancient/lecture14b.html


Grading Rubric Fall of the Roman Empire Letter to the Editor



Items evaluated

Possible Points

Points earned

  1. Turn in your reason for the fall of the Roman Empire.

5 points




  1. Turn in your notes from the video “Ancient Rome: Fall of an Empire.

5 points




  1. Research your problem on the internet.

5 points




  1. Write the letter to the editor in proper letter form. (Example: Dear Editor of the Daily Roman News, sign your name, remember you are living between 27 B.C. and 476 A.D.)

15 points




  1. The letter needs to address the problem you selected.

5 points




  1. Explain the danger to the empire

10 points




  1. Offer a solution or “call of action”

5 points




  1. cite sources correctly

  2. turn in grading rubric

5 points

5 points





Total score

60 points





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