In class you explored newspapers and we discussed what makes them a unique form of writing. Now that we have seen several examples of articles, let’s write an article of our own! Using the information below write an article about why Romulus and Remus chose the location for Rome.
Click HERE for detailed information about Rome’s location.
Using the five themes of geography, explain why Rome’s location was ideal.
Location – Where is it? (exact and relative locations)
Place – What is it like there? (hills, river, fertile soil, mountains, ocean, grazing land, climate)
Region – What is Rome’s relationship with other places? (central location, middle of Mediterranean Sea, civilizations nearby)
Movement – How does location help facilitate movement? (trade and transportation)
Human-Environment Interactions – What does the land do for the people? What do the people do to the land? (aqueducts, roads, farming, bridges, crops, mining, building materials)
When writing your article, you can use this basic organization. Don’t forget a clever and informative title to your article.
Introduction - Paragraph 1:
- Include a “hook” to make your readers interested in reading on.
- Also explain the Who, What, Where, When and How of Romulus’ decision.
- Tell your readers who he is and why his decision was important.
- This should be a short summary; you will give more details later.
Body - Paragraphs 2-4: Include how the five themes influenced Romulus’ final decision to settle at that location.
Body #1 (Where is it? What is it like there?)
- where it is (exact and relative), what it’s like there
Body #2 (Why is this a good location within the known world?)
- how location and place facilitate movement
- talk about location within the region
Body #3 (What further steps need to be taken in order to make this city the center of a thriving empire?)
- how humans need to change the environment
- how humans need to adapt to the environment
Include at least two quotes(experts, witnesses, related people, etc) in these three paragraphs. You can make these up, but they must fit in with your article.
Conclusion - 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.
THIS WRITING ASSIGNMENT WILL BE GRADED FOR SOCIAL STUDIES AND ENGLISH. YOU WILL BE ASSESSED USING THE STANDARD RUBRIC FOR IDEAS, ORGANIZATION, SENTENCE FLUENCY, AND CONVENTIONS.
Ideas (5 themes of geography) – Social Studies – (25 POINTS)
Organization, Ideas, Conventions – English – (50 POINTS)
*We will be working on this in both Social Studies and English classes.
Wednesday – Day 1 (D block)
Thursday – Day 2 (F block)