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1 Standards Link: Bensalem Township School District GEOGRAPHY: 7.3.7A, 7.4.7A, 7.4.7B ECONOMICS: G, A, B, C, D, A, B, D, B, CIVICS & GOVERNMENT: B, C, A, B, C, D, J, A, B HISTORY: A, B, C, A, C, D Big Idea(s): Throughout history, civilizations have risen only to fall. Enduring Understanding(s): Geography influences the development of culture Technology, architecture, and laws influence civilization Religion influences society Rulers goals and actions create success or failure for their countries. Even world powers can decline. Essential Question(s): How does geography influence the founding and settlement of an empire? Why do governments fail or succeed? What effect can one ruler have on a civilization? Knowledge: Skill(s): The geography of the Mediterranean region lead to the creation of the republic and the rise and fall of the empire Imperial rule affected the development of the Roman Empire Julius Caesar s similarities and or differences with other Roman rulers The influence of Roman architecture, laws, and technology on later civilizations The influence of Christianity on the Roman Empire Create a map of the world of ancient Rome and compare it to a current map of the area. Analyze the significant differences between imperial rule and other forms of government. Compare and contrast Caesar with other Roman rulers and current leaders. Find 2 local buildings that show Roman influences on architecture. Identify the influence of Roman architecture, laws, and technology on later civilizations Identify the influences of Christianity on the Roman Empire

2 Assessment/Evidence of Learning: Performance Task - Take a Hike To celebrate the Roman s accomplishments, you have been instructed to design the July 2011 calendar of events and history (Hmm why the month of July?). Select 20 calendar days. Name your day, draw a picture, select an activity, and make a connection. Then, write a short essay persuading Mr. Kal N. Der, the supreme calendar maker in the world, why your calendar should be considered for publication next year. For example, you may call a day Take a Hike Day! Your activity would be to wear your favorite leather boots and hike up a hill (or to the Capitol) in celebration of the Etruscans fine, leather lace-up boots which gave them better footing on rough ground. 7 Take a Hike Day Celebrating the Etruscan Weapon Shoes Connection July 7 th Having boots with support can help us sustain long hikes. Also, our soldiers wear boots to help them on rough terrain. Your events should demonstrate a strong understanding of the many accomplishments that the Roman s have given to our culture: political, economic, social, cultural, technological, character, etc. Therefore, brainstorm to come up with the top 20 events that show a variety and are significant today. After the students have completed and shared their calendars, have a class discussion If Rome accomplished all of these things, why did the Roman Empire fall?

3 Grade Criteria The work meets all of these ; apple The assignment is neat and completed with care. 100 apple The assignment is complete and/or correct. apple The assignment was completed according to instructions given. apple The assignment shows a thorough understanding of the content. The student loses ten points for each missing item. INC INCOMPLETE 90 Meets 4 Meets 3 Meets 2 Work that is incomplete or poorly done will receive a grade of incomplete. The student may redo the assignment for a lower grade. Adapted from: Gannon, Mendy. "Interactive Notebook Resources for Teachers". Beaufort County School District. July 19, 2010 <http://www.teacherweb.com/sc/ladysislandmiddleschool/gannon/ap6.stm#rubrics>.

4 Learning Activities: Read, take notes and & discuss material Research topic for performance task Generate questions based on reading Map reading and analysis Connections with current events Write an article about Julius Caesar s death This article should demonstrate your knowledge of the events surrounding his assassination o Things you should include: Who killed Caesar? Why did they kill him? How did they kill him? (Specific events of his death) What does his death mean to the Roman republic? Include any other information you feel is relevant Resources: 1. Text 2. Maps 3. Globe 4. Research materials 5. Internet Resources 6. Current Event Materials 7. Highly Effective Writing 8 th Edition- Dr. Paisley Create your Legion Shield Writing activities. Emperor Web Search* Mini Paragraphs p. 28 Highly Effective Writing 8 th Edition- Dr. Paisley How did geography influence the founding and settlement of Rome? Use 1 or 6 What were the reasons for the formation of the Roman Republic? Use 2 or 3 Explain the chief causes of the decline of the Roman Republic? Use 2 or 6 How did imperial rule affect the development of the Roman Empire? Use 2 or 12 Identify the influence of Roman architecture,

5 laws, and technology on later civilizations. Use 17 or 20 Identify the influences of Christianity on the Roman Empire. Use 7 or 17 Writing Piece: Write a persuasive essay explaining if you would have participated in the assassination of Julius Caesar if you had been given the chance. Give 3 reasons based on your study of this subject to support your decision. Your reasons should include information about his early life, political career and military accomplishments that support your decision to participate or not in the murder. The PSSA Reading Rubric will be used to grade this writing piece. Bensalem Township School District *Emperor Web Search Steps: 1. Students will be researching and presenting information on a Roman emperor in groups 2. Each group will be assigned one emperor to research 3. After you figure out which emperor your team will be researching, you will complete the emperor question sheet. Use the links below to complete the sheet (And ONLY these websites): a. Augustus b. Tiberius c. Caligula d. Claudius e. Nero f. Vespasian g. Diocletian h. Constantine the Great 4. After researching your emperor, you will present your research to the class. Each member of the groups needs to have a speaking part in the presentation 5. Grading: You will be evaluated based on your completion of the question sheet and your presentation. The question sheet and presentation should demonstrate a deep understanding of the emperor s life and accomplishments 6. Suggestion: When surfing a web page, it is sometimes easier to press CTRL and F at the same time. This brings up a search bar. You can simply type in the name you are looking for, press enter, and the computer will instantly find it on the page

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