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GRADE LEVEL: 6th UNIT: Ancient Rome TEACHER: H. Caraway

STAGE 1: Desired Results

Established Goals: (NYS Key Ideas)

NYS SS Standard 2: World History

How do civilizations impact culture and regions?

2.3a religions and other belief systems- Christianity of Eastern Hemisphere

NYS SS Standard 3: Geography

3.2b physical environment

NYS SS Standard 5: Civics, Citizenship and Government

5.1d system of government

5.3c political order


The Rise of Roman Power: Impressive achievements of Rome in the realm of warfare and technology. These always formed the basis for all of the future conquests and triumphs of Roman civilization. Famous for Roman Roads.

The Roman Republic: Never created a fully democratic system in a sense that we would recognize today. Government system-officials elected by citizens, most powerful body is the senate.

The Roman Empire: The role of Caesar and Octavian in controlling disorder in Rome and ending the Roman Republic. Augustus achieved stability, its strengths and limitations during the Augustian Age.

The Decline and Fall: Key problems weakening the Roman Empire (Growing barbarian attacks, maintaining efficient borders). Yet, appreciate the sharp contrast between classical Roman culture and the Christian Middle Ages that followed.

Entry Point Questions:

How did military ability and technical skill play a role in the rise of the city of Rome to power as a mighty empire?

What are the key characteristics of the Roman Republic’s political life? What is the difference between the Roman Republic and modern day democratic governments?
What role did Caesar and Octavian play in controlling the disorder in Rome and ending the Roman Republic?
What key factors led to the weakening of the Roman Empire in the 3rd century AD?

Essential Question(s):

How do people/civilizations impact culture/regions?

How can primary sources/artifacts relay important historical information?

How are Eastern Hemisphere civilization and country locations represented?

How do economic systems in the Eastern Hemisphere vary?

How are Eastern governments of the past and present similar/different?

Students will know…

The role in the rise of the city of Rome to power as a mighty empire.

The key characteristics of the Roman Republic’s political life.

The role Caesar and Octavian played in controlling the disorder in Rome and ending the Roman Republic

The key factors led to the weakening of the Roman Empire in the 3rd century AD
republic, myth, hierarchy, javelin, aqueduct, architecturally, chariot, monarchy, senate, patricians, plebeians, dictator, assassinate, consuls, magistrate, brigades, auxiliary, legion, cohort, gods, goddess, temple, oracle, papyrus, extravagant, emulated, contradiction,

Students will be able to:

Complete a pre-test in order to assess their current level of understanding of ancient Rome.

Construct a timeline of events using hands-on materials and cooperative groups.

Organize their vocabulary by maintaining a “vocabulary inventory” within their Social Studies binder. Students will also use Wordle.com to self-assess their understanding of the vocabulary.

Construct a speech in response to the “Assassination of Julius Caesar.” Engage in discussion on friendship and betrayal today.

WebQuest http://blogs.dalton.org/rome/ to explore and study one aspect of ancient Roman drama/theater. Students will then Jigsaw the material to peers.

Vote on “Hall of Fame/Shame with Major Players” through partner poster project

Collect and organize all five aspect of SS for ancient Rome to complete a “Ancient Rome in a Bag” Presentation.

STAGE 2: Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s):

Summative Assessments

Construction and comprehension of the Time Line Collaborative Project

Major Players Hall of Fame

Cultural Hands-On Creation and Description

Ancient Rome Test: Application of Vocabulary in Constructed Response, Multiple Choice, Document-based questions (Answer 2 of 3).

Other Evidence:

Formative Assessments

Maintaining an up to date SS binder with notes, graphic organizers, and vocabulary section

Engaging in fishbowl discussions and responding to scaffolding questions

Exit Slips following MindSparks

Chants- Participation

Online Webbing, Wordle, and WallWisher responses

STAGE 3: Learning Plan

Learning Activities:

  • GEOGRAPHY & TIME PERIOD: Pre-Assessment: Teacher will spark students interest by beginning with an ancient Roman Pop-Up Read Aloud. Ss will then take pre-assessment.

  • GEOGRAPHY & TIME PERIOD: #1- Note taking entitled “Roman Empire.” #2- Ss will work in groups of 3-4 to construct an ancient Roman timeline. (Materials: Center Bins, Timeline Pieces, Coloring utensils, Chart paper, glue). Students will share their newfound understandings with the class responding the

  • GEOGRAPHY & TIME PERIOD: MindSparks Lesson #1-Rome’s Origins. Powerpoint and Ss-Led Fishbowl Discussion with scaffolding questions and formative assessments (Pair Share, Exit Slip, Mini Presentations, Chants with Body Movements)-Keep Flexible!

  • GEOGRAPHY: Roman Roads- Note taking and diagram. “Building a Road” with each step inside of an egg. All eggs of the same color meet and put the steps in order.

  • Extension: Map and Key

  • Check for Understanding/ELA Integration: Main Idea, Details, Inference on Material studied thus far (Print Out-Yellow Folder)

  • GOVERNMENT: #1-Required Reading in flexible groups. #2-The Republic Graphic Organizer and Teacher Display from Media Cart

  • GOVERNMENT: MindSparks Lesson #2- The Roman Republic. Powerpoint and Ss-Led Fishbowl Discussion with scaffolding questions and formative assessment—Lesson #2 Vocab Exit Slip

  • MAJOR PLAYERS: MindSparks Lesson #3 The Roman Empire

  • MAJOR PLAYERS HALL OF FAME: Cleopatra, Julius Ceasar, Augustus. Partner Project-2 Aspects-Poster and Presentation Present your findings (accomplishments) and poster to peers. Peers vote on whether it is in the Hall of Fame or Shame.

  • CULTURE: HANDS-ON Learning Centers: Create a bulla (necklace to hold lucky charms, spell, word) Dice, Tombstones, Web Diagram of Roman Technology using http://www.mrdowling.com/702-technology.html displayed from media cart.

  • CULTURE: Natural Geographic Streaming Video 7 Wonders of ancient Rome.

  • ECONOMICS: Students will utilize and interact with an online webbing tool to examine the economics and taxing in ancient Rome. Bubble.us

  • RELIGION: http://blogs.dalton.org/rome/religious-resources/ Ss led webquest and guided Web notes on chart paper.

  • DECLINE & FALL: MindSparks Lesson #4

  • ASSESSMENT: Ancient Rome Summative Menu (Refer to Stage 2)

Web Resources:

http://teachersites.schoolworld.com/teacherpages/maintain.cfm Caraway Classroom Website







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