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.