Rise of the Roman Empire

After 400 years as a republic, Rome was beginning to be too big to control. Many generals fought for power. You probably know which general won. He began making changes, but the senate was worried he had grabbed too much power. After his death, civil war broke out with Octavian finally winning and becoming imperator – the one who rules.

Complete this worksheet. It’s based on the Rise of the Roman Empire brainpop video. Ask me for the username and password if you want to log in and watch on your own.

The Giving Tree

We still have one Giving Tree bag to fill by Wednesday for our homebase. This bag will be one of over 600 filled by SAS families and donated to the PuGuang Migrant School. We need families in our homebase to volunteer to donate one of the items below. All gifts should be NEW.

Bag #PDD0445  –  Name: Ding Yong Chao

Male, age 12, Height 140cm, Weight 38kg, shoes size 36

  • Coat –
  • Hat –
  • Mittens –
  • Toy –
  • School Supplies –
  • Other –

Scipio Article

Update – Due to the holiday and many students who are missing school this week due to school trips, the Scipio Article is now due on Monday, 11/29/10.

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Your writing will be assessed based on these four traits of writing. This will be a Test/Project grade of 50 points.

Scipio Newspaper Article

Now that we have seen an example of a newspaper, let’s write an article of our own! Using the bullet points below as a guide,Screen shot 2010-11-18 at 8.30.41 PM write an article about Scipio and his rise to power and fame.

•    First task – make Rome powerful in Spain again
•    Captured Spanish town of New Carthage in 209 BC
•    Defeated Hannibal’s two brothers, who held most of Spain, in 206 BC
•    Appointed Consul in 205 BC
•    Invaded Africa in 203 BC and established control
•    Defeated Hannibal at Zama in 202 BC after Hannibal returned there

When writing your article, you can use this basic organization:

Paragraph 1:
Include a “hook” to make your readers interested in reading on.  Also explain the Who, What, Where, When and How of Scipio.  Tell your readers who he is and why it’s important.

Paragraph 2:
Write about ideas from bullet points 1 and 2.
Paragraph 3: Write about ideas from bullet points 3 and 4.
Paragraph 4: Write about ideas from bullet points 5 and 6.

Include at least two quotes in these 3 paragraphs. You can make these up, but they must fit in with your article.

Paragraph 5 – Conclusion:
Summarize what you’ve said.  Say it again in another way.  End with a quote or catchy phrase to really impress your audience. Try to tie the end back to your hook in some way.


Additional Resources:

Battle of Zama – battle-of-zama-5xxxix

Easy to read information about the first two Punic Wars – at Mr. Donn’s Page

Scroll down and read – Scipio in Spain, Siege, Fall, Aftermath – UNRV Roman Empire

As you write, keep these things in mind:

Rough draft due Tuesday. The final copy will be due Thursday.

All Roads Lead to Rome

Watch the Ancient Civilizations video on Ancient Rome today. Copy and paste the questions into a Word document.

Take notes in a different font color. Then answer the  questions. Write your answers to the questions on your blog under a post titled “Ancient Rome”.  Make sure you re-state the questions in your answers:

1. What natural disaster occurred on the Bay of Naples in AD79?  How did this create one of the greatest archaeological sites ever studied?

2. What have archaeologists learned about life at the height of the Roman Empire from the excavations in Pompeii?

3. According to legend, how was Rome founded?

4. How was the Roman government organized under the Republic?  What influence has the Roman Republic had upon modern governments like that of the United States?

5. Who was Julius Caesar?  Why was he assassinated?

6. How extensive was the Roman Empire?  Why was a system of roads critical to keeping the Empire?

7. Name some significant engineering successes in the building of Rome.

8. What was the official language of the Roman Empire?  How has the language of the Romans influenced modern languages?

Geographical Advantages of Rome

On Friday 12th November there will be a quiz on the Geographical Advantages of Rome.  You need to be able to do the following:

1. Label a map of Ancient Rome (see map below – click on map to enlarge)

2. Explain the geographical advantages that led to Rome’s success.  The paragraph from your textbook is reproduced below for your reference.

Rome Map

Geographical Advantages:

The first people  who settled on Rome’s seven hills were not thinking about building a great empire.  They chose that site because it seemed to be a good place to live.  The hills made the area easy to defend.  The soil was fertile and the area had a good source of water.  From the mountains of central Italy, the Tiber River flowed through Rome before emptying into the Tyrrhenian Sea.  But as time passed, the people of Rome discovered that the location of their city gave them other advantages.  Rome was at the center of the long, narrow peninsula we now call Italy.  Italy was at the center of the Mediterranean Sea.  And the Mediterranean Sea was at the center of the known Western world.

[World Studies: The Ancient World. Prentice Hall p. 211].

Geography of Europe

Here are some activities that will help you learn Longitude, Latitude, the countries of Europe, and more. It’s amazing to realize Rome conquered and ruled much of what we call Europe today.


1. Read through this tutorial on Longitude and Latitude and see if you can answer the review questions correctly.  Show me your quiz results before moving on to the next site.

2. How well do you know the Countries of Europe? See how long it takes you to drag the falling maps of countries into their correct place.  Log your times, I’m looking for fastest initial time, as well as most improved time.

3. Can you beat the clock? (U.S. states map quiz).