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.

View more presentations from sheldonict

This slideshow might be useful, too.

You can find pictures at FlickrStormTag GalaxySearch-Cubeetc.

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.

Rome Compare and Contrast Essay

What aspects of Roman culture still have relevance in our lives today? How have these evolved since Roman times? How similar are the lives of people in ancient and modern times?

The basic needs of a society remain constant through time; although, they are impacted by the progress, innovation and changing demands of culture.  Select a topic that you feel was significant in Roman daily life.  Identify and explain how your topic is relevant today and mention how and why it has evolved over time.  What were the reasons for the change? Why is it still a significant part of our society today?

Here is a guideline for the STRUCTURE of the essay:

INTRODUCTION: hook, background, mention your three body topics, thesis (The [insert topic here] of today is both alike and different from the [insert topic here] of Ancient Rome.)

BODY 1 : topic sentence, how is [insert sub-topic #1] in Rome similar to modern times?, how is it different from modern times?

BODY 2 : topic sentence that includes a transition from body 1, how is [insert sub-topic #2] in Rome similar to modern times?, how is it different from modern times?

BODY 3: topic sentence that includes a transition from body 2, how is [insert sub-topic #3] in Rome similar to modern times?, how is it different from modern times?

CONCLUSION: restate thesis, mention all three things again, something memorable

Click here to read an example on marriage. Click here to read an example on death.

Rome – Compare & Contrast

As you begin your Rome compare and contrast assignment, it is helpful to create a How-to-MindMapmind-map to organize your thoughts and create a visual respresentation of your ideas. This will become the skeleton, the structure, of your essay. Everyone MUST create a mind map. You will turn in your mind map with your essay and even show it as a part of your presenatation.

Create a MIND MAP of your research topic.

Try these:

Inspiration (on the school computers)


Exam Time

Think Buzan

How Roman Are We?

We are beginning a research project where you will research one part of Rome and compare it to something similar in today’s world.

Your first task will be to select a topic to research. Each student will chose a unique topic. Here are some possibilities.You may chose others, with Mr. Cole’s approval.

Possible Topics list

You should first do some pre-research to find out how much information is out there on your possible topic. While doing your pre-research, make sure your possible topic is interesting to you, and that there is plenty of sources of information to learn from.

Start HERE -BBC History

Then go HERE – World Book Online (isaaberdeen – worldbook)

Don’t just Google a topic and hope to get good, reliable information. You must come up with 3 subtopics, and have information about them, before your topic is approved.

Fill out this sheet first: Rome Compare and Contrast topic selection sheet

Here is an example: Rome Compare and Contrast topic selection sheet – with example thesis and sub topics

Here are the topics chosen by students. Have your topic in mind and start to search for information on your topic. After the break you’ll need to have a focussed thesis and three clearly defined sub-topics to focus on.

Rome topics SS2Rome Topics SS1

Create a MIND MAP of your research topic.

Try these:

Inspiration (on the school computers)


Exam Time

Think Buzan

The Roman Mysteries

thieves of ostiathe-secrets-of-vesuvius


Part I – you need to read to the end of Part I by the following dates. Also do the first three pages of work in your packet.

  • Thieves of Ostia = chapters/scrolls I – VII
  • The Secrets of Vesuvius = chapter/scrolls I – XII

Due Dates

Tuesday (Day 1/D block)

Wednesday (Day 2/F block)

We will begin our new class novel this week. We will break the novel into thirds, with due-dates to be finished reading by. Students will be put in groups of 3 or 4 and will work through novel study elements together as they make sense of, and discuss, the book.

This will be great background information about ancient Rome, plus another valuable study of novels for English. Students will get AR points for reading the book, so it will count towards their reading grade. There will also be a quiz at the end of the novel that will count as an English grade. In addition, I will create a Vocab. quiz based on words from the novel identified by students as worthy of study.

I’m giving groups a choice of reading one of two books from the same series, “The Roman Mysteries.”

–          The Thieves of Ostia (book level 5.2, 6 AR points) – the first in the series


–          The Secrets of Vesuvius (book level 5.0, 6 AR points) – the 2nd in the series

I will read aloud the first chapter of each book to the class and let students discuss which book they’d like to read.

Here is the author’s website, complete with many great extension and supplementary activities and supports.

I’ve attached the novel study packet with the activities they’ll need to work on independently and in their groups. Some students may need some support and help with this.

Novel Study packet – grade 7

Roman Republic Quiz

We are half way through our study of Rome. We’ve looked at many aspects of the Roman Republic. Roman coinReview the concepts below and be ready for a quiz in your social studies class.

Review these concepts (all have handouts or were discussed in detail in class)

  • Map of Rome (detailed – be able to label a map of the surrounding areas as well)
  • Romulus and Remus
  • Advantages of Rome’s location
  • Etruscans
  • Tarquin
  • The color purple
  • Patricians and Plebians
  • Veto
  • Consuls
  • Senators
  • Dictator

Quiz Dates

Social Studies 1 (A block) – Friday

Social Studies 2 (E block) – Monday

Rome location map plus Romulus and Remus

Rome’s Ideal Location

Rome in the News

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.

- 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.

- 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?)

  • Location/place
  • 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.

- 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.


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.

Due Dates:

Wednesday – Day 1 (D block)

Thursday – Day 2 (F block)

Rome's Ideal Location

Look over the information about Rome’s ideal location. Make a list of all the factors that make Rome’s location ideal. Which factors do you think are most important? Why? Now list the factors in order of importance.  You will need this information for your next big writing assignment, “Rome, in the News.”

Rome location1

Rome location2

Rome location3

Rome location4

Personal Myth – what you need to know

Your published personal myth is due at the end of your English class on Monday for Day 2 students and Tuesday for Day 1 students. You may use class time to make final edits, print, and put together all of your documents that show evidence of your writing process. Use the rubrics to help you in your final revisions, and be prepared to present your digital myth to the class using Story Creator. Even if you can’t use the record function, you will read your myth to the class and be scored on the same rubric. Everyone should be prepared to present their myth in class on Monday and Tuesday.

*Story Creator problems – I am aware that many students have had difficulty with saving their work on Story Creator. I am in contact with the website’s IT department and they are working on fixing this. In the meantime, students should try to save their work in small batches (make a change and save it). Some students have had luck reducing the number or frames (or pages) per chapter. Others have had success reducing the number of images/animations per frame.

*Keep it all in perspective! I want you to feel confident that the myth you turn in is your best work. If you’ve had problems, just let me know and I’ll give you the time you need to finish with no penalty. Don’t stay up late trying to re-create work. Do your best, communicate your problems to me, take a screen shot and send it to me if something strange happens (I’ll forward to the IT department).

*If your Digital Myth is not complete because of problems, then I’ll have you read your written myth in class and that will count for your presentation grade. Be adaptable, it’s a great skill to develop.

Personal Myth Rubric – writing and presentation

Personal Myth – digital rubric

You need to publish your myth by printing a final copy. This is how it should look. Use an easy to read font, like Times New Roman, Cambria, or Calibri. Font size should be 12. You can print at school on the day it’s due.