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This simulation is designed to provide students with an engaging, enjoyable and rigorous introduction to Imperial Rome. As they journey around the virtual landscape, they will learn about the main personalities and chornology of the Empire through the "Emperors" worksheet, and learn about the main achievements and inventions of Rome through the "Roman Holiday" worksheet. Ideally, students should complete both worksheets, but they work as stand-alone resources and so are very flexible: for example, you may wish to set half of the class on one worksheet, and half on the other. Each worksheet comes with suggested extension tasks.
What is your Roman name?
In this activity students will work out what their names would have been if they had been alive during the time of the Roman Empire! Students will be organised into pairs and will use a detailed table to choose the most appropriate three-part name for their partner.
The Growth of the Roman Empire: Timeline and Mapping Activity
"On your map of the Roman Empire, colour code your map using the events listed here in bold to help you."
"In this timeline, highlight heroes of the Roman Empire in one colour, enemies in another and Roman monuments in another. A test may follow."
Roman Holiday! - Part 1: Research
"In this activity you will work in teams. You will design a guided tour which you hope to sell to a customer (your teacher). The class will be arranged into two teams. Each member or each team should choose two sites from different categories in this list to research further. The teacher might arrange this so that a member of the first team chooses first, then a member of the next team, and so on until all students in all the teams have made their choices. Each site should be chosen by only one person in the class if this the size of the class makes this possible".
Roman Holiday! - Part 2: Presentations
Your teacher will give each team an A3 copy of this Venn diagram. Each team should nominate a scribe. This person should ask each member of the team what site(s) they researched, and write these into the Venn diagram in the appropriate place after discussion. Next, your teacher will take the role of a "Time-Travel Holiday Agent" who has clients that want a FUN holiday. You will have two minutes to decide what will be included in your tour. Each team will then present to the teacher their proposed holiday package and the teacher will declare a winner. The process will then be repeated for an "Interesting" holiday and a "Relaxing" holiday. For homework, you may be asked to produce a travel brochure to sell your holiday".
Gladiatorial Combat - A Roleplay Game! | Accompanying question sheet
"In this activity you will learn all about Roman Gladiators. You will complete a playing card all about your gladiator, then take the role of a gladiator and use your knowledge to help you win in a series of 'battles' against your opponents. Remember: Knowledge is Power!"
Who was the most interesting Roman Emperor of all time? - a classroom debate
In this activity, students research different emperors. They can then present their findings in a whole host of ways: through a balloon debate (my favoured approach!), a biopoem, a diamond diagram, and many others which are suggested within the worksheet.
Why did the Roman Empire Fall?
In this exercise, created using the ClassTools Hexagons Generator, pairs of students are given a sheet of factors explaining the collapse of the Roman Empire in the West. They cut these out and then organise them into meaningful categories, each with a title which makes it clear how they contributed to the fall of the Empire. Here is a detailed blogpost about the hexagons approach. In a second lesson, students can connect the groups with arrows and explanations and then turn their findings into a proper written piece to develop their essay-writing skills.
The following video was produced by the Rome Reborn project and is well worth a watch!