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1 Melville High School Assessment Task KLA HISTORY Year 7 Task Title Ancient Rome Empathy Task Task Number 4 Student Name Class Teacher Due Date OUTCOMES H4. 1 describes and explains the nature of history, the main features of past societies and periods H4.7 identifies different contexts, perspectives and interpretations of the past H4.8 locates, selects and organises relevant information from a number of sources, including ICT, to conduct basic historical research H4.10 selects and uses appropriate oral, written and other forms, including ICT, to communicate effectively about the past ASSESSMENT TASK Task: You are to write a letter to another person detailing your daily life as a person from Ancient Rome. You must give a reason why you are writing your letter and describe a major event that has happened to you. Length: at least 350 words or 1 A4 page - font size 12 Times New Roman. Imagine you are one of the following people: - A Roman woman, - A famous person in Roman times, such as: - A soldier in the Roman Army, - Julius Caesar, - A slave, - Augustus, - A gladiator, - Nero, - Caligula, - Livia. You then need to write your letter including the following information: Introduce yourself. (Name, age, family, background etc) Where you live. Describe you living conditions. What you do every day. (Tell us what you eat, what you wear, what activities you do etc) What freedoms or restrictions you have. (Gladiators were not allowed to vote or marry, and could be killed by their owner) Describe your major event. (This is the reason why you are writing this letter: for example, writing to a friend telling of your first fight in the Colosseum) 1

2 In an Empathy Task you are writing as though you are the person and know what and how the person is feeling. Empathy writing uses : Descriptive language to accurately show what the situation was like. Emotive language to express how you feel about your life. You will be assessed on: Detailing your daily life in Ancient Roman society. Describing your major event. Correct Spelling. Correct Paragraphing. Correct text structure (a letter that recounts aspects of your daily life). Appropriate use of empathy - related to the period, descriptive and emotive language. Please ensure you use the correct letter format. PRESENTATION REQUIREMENTS As your letter will be written in class time in the school library it must be typed. You must also include a picture you have inserted from the internet or another source. Include a cover page with your name, subject, class, Teacher s name, assessment title and due date. You must save your work to your teachers folder on the Students on Server drive on the school intranet. USEFUL RESOURCES Websites: - Ancient Rome - Daily Life in Ancient Rome 2

3 Marking Criteria Content Marks Shows a clear empathetic understanding Provides an accurate and detailed recount of all aspects the task. Clearly describes a major event in their life Meets length requirements Shows a basic empathetic understanding Provides an accurate but less detailed recount of most aspects the task. Gives a basic description of a major event in their life. 7-8 Meets length requirements Shows a limited empathetic understanding Provides a general recount of most aspects the task but lacks significant detail. Makes some reference to a major event in their life. 5-6 Meets length requirements Shows a poor empathetic understanding Makes some reference to some of the requirements of the task but fails to address most points. May not meet length requirements 3-4 Does not understand the concept of empathy May make one or two points about life in ancient Rome. Does not meet length requirements 1-2 Marking Criteria Literacy Accurate spelling, including frequent use of more complex letter patterns Accurate use of punctuation Highly effective use of the first person narrative Effective and detailed text structure incorporating a range of complex sentence structures Uses a variety of appropriate and effective descriptive and emotive words Paragraphs effectively structured to organise the piece of writing Mostly accurate spelling, including some use of more complex letter patterns Mostly accurate use of punctuation Effective use of the first person narrative Effective text structure incorporating some complex sentence structures Uses some appropriate and effective descriptive and emotive words Most paragraphs are structured to organise the piece of writing Mostly accurate spelling using less common letter patterns Several errors in the use of punctuation Displays an understanding of the first person narrative Displays text structure incorporating some complex sentence structures Use of some descriptive and emotive words Most paragraphs are structured to organise the piece of writing Some accurate spelling using less common letter patterns Makes a number of punctuation errors Displays little understanding of the first person narrative Displays poor text structure with a limited variety of sentence structures May use some descriptive and emotive words Some paragraphs are structured to organise the piece of writing Some accurate spelling of common words Makes little use of punctuation Displays a poor understanding of the first person narrative Displays no text structure and only simple sentence structures May use some descriptive and emotive words No paragraph structure Marks

4 Year 7 Rome Empathy Task scaffold Writer s home address Date. Greeting (Dear.).. Introduction Often starts by explaining why you are writing. May include asking how the person you are writing to is. Body In this section you give more detail on who you are and where you live. Daily life 4

5 Freedom and restrictions Major event Conclusion Salutation (Yours sincerely) 5

6 Titus Lucius From the Ludus Maximus 23 Caesar Street Rome 20 April 156AD Dear Uncle Servus Lucius, I haven t seen you for almost two summers now, and I hope you can forgive me and hear what I have been doing. I ve been a gladiator for ten months now, and believe me, that s good going. None of the other gladiators I trained with are still alive. I am writing to you to tell you that I have been taken to Rome. In fact I was brought to this gladiator school - Ludus Maximus (the best in Rome!), from my home town of Herculaneum, after I was taken prisoner for stealing a pair of shoes. It s not fair that some people have such easy lives and people like me have to struggle to survive. You only get a few months training, and that s just with wooden weapons if we had proper ones, I d have attacked the guards and run for it! You can t choose which type of gladiator to be, but I was lucky enough to train as a Samnite. I m quite well protected, with a huge shield and a strong helmet. I ve no chest armour, though so if a stab gets past my shield to my stomach, I m a goner. I remember my first fight at the Colosseum I was terrified! But with the slaves using leather whips and red hot irons to force you into the arena, you don t hang around for long. The cheers from the crowd were overwhelming and I was stunned for a while. But then my opponent, a huge Retriarii, charged at me roaring like a lion! Thankfully, he tripped over a stone on the arena floor and I was able to pin him down with my sword. I ve lasted five fights now four more than most. Mind you, I only survived the last one because the crowd gave the thumbs up, showing they wanted me to live. I just hope the crowd goes on supporting me. Then, maybe one day I ll be rewarded with my freedom. I feel like I have paid my debt to society for my crime. I have entertained them and shown that I never give up. Most days are very boring, spending ours practising the same old moves. Sometimes I even want to fight just to have something else to do! The food is dull, except on the day before a fight. Last time, we had a huge feast and most were sick from eating too much! I would love to hear how you and your family are. Maybe one day I will see you again, and be able to earn your trust. However, I suspect you already know the fate of the gladiator! Please pass my greetings on to my father and mother. Yours sincerely Titus Lucius 6

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