All great things must come to an end. Next week we will have our final test on Rome, followed by Pompeii Day the next class as we celebrate all we’ve learned.

TEST schedule

Social Studies 1 (A block) – Tuesday April 2nd

Social Studies 2 (E block) – Monday April 1st

Rome TEST – Study Guide

Map of Rome at the height of the Empire – be able to label a blank map with the following:

  • Border of the Roman empire and the dividing line of the Western and Eastern Roman Empire
  • Rome, Constantinople/Byzantium, Egypt, Asia Minor, Gaul, Spain, Britannia, Greece, Judea


Christianity in Rome – How did it begin? Persecution of Christians. How did it spread and change Rome? How does Christianity today reflect its Roman past? (from the hand out and video)

Nothing Lasts Forever and Roman Mysteries – think of what daily life was like for Roman citizens. How might it be similar and different from today? You must refer to specific examples from your readings to justify your answers. (readings, hand outs, worksheets, discussions)

Roman Numerals – Be able to write numbers using Roman numerals and translate Roman numerals into our current Arabic numerals. (hand out, classwork)

Pax Romana – What does it mean? Why did it happen? What was the impact? How can we learn from it today? (Brain Pop, discussion, video)

Julius Caesar – Explain how he rose to power. What was Julius Caesar’s impact on Rome?  (Brain Pop and hand out)

Eastern and Western Roman Empires – who split the empire and why? Was this good or bad for Rome? (video and discussions)

Constantine – What was his vision? What did he do about it? How did he change Rome? (hand out, video, discussion

Fall of Rome – be able to list and explain several reasons why Rome began to weaken. Be able to list and explain several reasons why Rome collapsed. Be able to explain what the fall of Rome meant to all the citizens of Rome. You’ll need to justify your reasons with specific examples (worksheet and video notes)

Essential Questions – be able to answer these questions in detail. You’ll need to justify your answers with examples and specifics. You’ll be asked to apply your knowledge to our world today and make connections.

  • How do civilizations collapse? Could ours?
  • How Roman are we?
  • What makes a “great” leader great?
  • What is so cool about democracy?

Study and know the dividing line between Western Rome and Eastern Rome (in red)

Rome_Map- split empire

Rome Presentation

Ok, it’s presentation time! You are now the expert on your topic and you will be teaching the class about it. This presentation is made up of two parts, a slide show and a speech (show and tell). Make sure you devote time to both.

Presentation Schedule:

Day 2 students (E & F blocks) – Wednesday 13/03/13

Day 1 students (A & D blocks)- Thursday 14/03/13

Remember, keep your slide show simple. Do not overload slides with text. You’ll be speaking, so there’s no need to have tons of words in your slideshow.

Go to the PRESENTATION tab above and look at the samples and suggestions.

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When you’re speaking, remember PIPES:

Projection – Talk loud enough for the person in the back to hear you.
Inflection – You’re not a robot, but you’re not on stage either.
Pacing – Speak slower than you think you need to.
Eye Contact – Look everyone in the eye at least once.
Stance – Stand naturally; don’t move around. (The podium will help.)


I’ll be using this scoring sheet as you give your presentation. Be familiar with it, and design your presentation slideshow with the rubric in mind.