Rome Compare and Contrast Essay

Your next assessment will be a compare and contrast essay. You will be choosing a topic about ancient Rome and comparing and contrasting it to life today.

The due date for this essay will be Tuesday December 13.

You will be given class time to work on your essay. In addition, you will have the chance to present your information in the form of a slideshow. More information to follow.

Below are some websites to start with:

Roman Military

Victori – The Roman Military – lots of information and links

The Roman Army – through time, and different groups – little harder to read through

Roman Military Equipment

Roman Military Glossary

For Fun – People in Rome dressing up as Romans


roman music

Roman Music

The Music of Ancient Rome

Ancient Roman Musical Instruments



Good site on Roman Woodworking Tools

List of Roman Medical Tools

Good site on Roman Tools of War

General Tools

More Tools

Ancient Roman Tools and Weapons

Tools of the ancient Romans (an ebook you can download for free, I think)

Weapons and Equipment of the Roman Army – scroll down to second last section, there is a list

Building materials in ancient Rome – some connection to tools



Education in ancient Rome – rich and poor, boys and girls

Ancient Roman education

Education – reading, writing, sewing and weaving

Education – through the history of Rome

Education – schools

Funerals and Death


The Romans and their dead

Ancient Roman burial practices

A Roman funeral

Tombs and Funerals



Roman clothing and how it shows status

Nice site – shows women and mens clothes with some sketches, and information on even underwear!

Clothing in Ancient Rome – class differences

More clothing – some jewelry at the end

Clothing – women, men, accessories, hairstyles

History for kids – clothing

Roman Children Games


Life of a Roman child – school and toys and pets

Differences between boys and girls, bit on toys

Little on games for children, more on general roman entertainment

History for kids – some pictures

Patricians and Plebians

Roman Government

Roman Religion

Religion in ancient Rome, comprehensive, conclusion compares it with Christianity today

History learning site, photo of family alter

List of Roman gods

Roman Calendar

Compare Roman and Gregorian (today’s modern) calendars

List of different calendars, including Roman

Short explanation of Roman / Gregorian and other calendars

Roman Surgery / Medicine

General overview – lots of words

Links to both Roman Medicine and Roman Surgery

Comprehensive, lots of detail – and great pictures of surgical instruments used

Good information on Roman plants – scroll down

Many Links

Roman Numerals

Nova Roma – easy to understand

Numeral Chart

More comprehensive, larger numbers

History of Roman Numerals 1

Use of Roman Numerals today

Roman Alphabet

Latin and English differences in alphabet

Ancient and Modern Lain alphabet

Roman Names

The system of Roman names was unique

Behind the name – boys names, girls names, Roman names used today

Roman Food

Lots of simple information

Food for rich people

Roman food information

Roman Dishes and Recipes

Roman Art

Ancient Mosaic Art / Roman Mosaic Art

Modern Mosaic (short)

More detail, mosaic art in Rome

Mosaic in ancient Rome

Origin of ancient Roman Mosaics

Pictures of Roman mosaics

Body Map of a 7th Grader

Creatively add details to your gingerbread man. This should be a reflection of you, a 7th grader.


Top of head –  things we dream about

Eyes –  things we like to see

Mouth – cool expressions we use

Left ear – music we like to listen to

Right ear  – things we like to hear our teachers say

Left hand  – games (video, board games) we like to play

Right hand  – our heros

Left foot  – sports we like to play

Right foot  – favorite movies

Left leg  – places we have travelled

Right leg  – who we want to be when we grow up

Torso  – things we think about

Heart  – people who are close to us

5 Themes of Geography

The five themes of geography are location, place, region, movement, and human-environment interaction.5themes

The five themes enable you to discuss and explain people, places, and environments of the past and present.

  1. Read pgs. 35-40 in the World Cultures and Geography book.
  2. Skill builder – Answer location questions #1 and 2 on page #36
  3. Skill builder – Answer region questions #1 and 2 on page #38
  4. Section 1 Assessment – Answer the 5 Themes questions #1-4 on page #40. Complete sentences only.

The Five Themes of Geography – summary

Location-being able to describe where things are located. Absolute Location uses latitude and longitude, while relative location describes where something is in relation to other places.

Place – describes what a place is like.

Region– places can be grouped by similarities, or features they have in common. (physical features and human features)

Movement – describes how people, goods, adn ideas move from one place to another.

Human-Environment Interaction – describes how humans interact with, depend on, adapt to, and modify the world around them.


How’s this for Human-Environment Interaction?


Unequal Resources Simulation – discussion questions

Post your answers on your blog. Make sure it is in the Humanities category.  All answers must be complete sentences.  Re-state each question in your answer. Explain in detail.

1. Could your group have completed the tasks without getting resources from another country? Why or why not?

2. How did your country adapt to not having all the resources it needed?

3. Were there any conflicts between groups? Why or why not?

4. Were there any communication problems when dealing with other groups? What may have contributed to those problems?

5. How did you feel when you realized that resources were unequally distributed?

6. What resources were in high demand? Describe the negotiations for these high demand items.

7. Can you give examples of innovative ways in which groups completed their tasks?

8. Are there any real life situations in the world that come to mind when you think of this activity? How are they similar? Different?

9. What new questions did this activity raise for you? How do you plan to investigate

10. Why is the role of the inspector important? Give examples of how this relates to the real world.

Making Connections in Humanities


Research and prepare notes for each of the following questions. You may use your notes and resources for the test tomorrow. There will be one additional question that you will be required to answer. It will relate to the essential questions and all areas of study in this unit (the big ? in the middle).

1. Think about the specific challenges that Odysseus faced. What kinds of challenges might these represent for you today?
2. What values were taught to young Spartans? How did these values impact their behavior? Think about your own values. Where have your values come from? How do they impact your behavior and shape who you are?
1. A story starts as an idea. You also have an idea of the person you want to be. Describe how you create and achieve your goals in writing and in life.
2. Roald Dahl states, “This is not an autobiography, I would never write a history of myself. On the other hand, throughout my young days at school and afterwards a number of things happened to me that I have never forgotten.”
What are the writing techniques that you used to create a personal narrative that shows rather than an autobiography that tells? Link these techniques to the 6 Traits.
1. How do Odysseus and Dahl overcome challenges and demonstrate perseverance?
2. Compare Roald Dahl’s education to the education of a Spartan.