Ancient Rome Reading Passages - Questions - Annotations

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Ancient Rome Worksheets - Reading Comprehension Passages, Questions, and Annotations

This resource is designed for an Ancient Rome unit. It contains 5 Engaging, Non-Fiction Reading Comprehension Passages with Directions for Student Annotations! Reading Comprehension Questions also included!

Questions & Answer Keys for Each of the 5 Reading Passages!

COMMON CORE ALIGNED! Aligned with Ancient Rome - Interactive Notebook

Quick overview of topics covered in this resource include:

1.) The Roman Republic & Daily Life

-Built on seven hills - Latins first came 1,000 BC, Rome was founded in 753 BC and became a Republic in 509 BC

-describes influences (Greeks and Etruscans)

-excelled with military and rose to power

-describes how they were able to maintain control and rule Italy

Keywords: Republic, Confederation, Triumvirate (during collapse)

2.) The Social Hierarchy of Ancient Rome -Describes the hierarchy (Senators, Nobles & Patricians, Plebeians, Freedmen, and Slaves), including the two chief executive officers in Roman Republic (Consuls, Praetors)

Keywords: plebeians, consuls, praetors

3.) Roman Law and Its Influences -Overview of system of government and laws

-describes how their ideas about laws and government influences our legal system today.

Keywords: Twelve Tables, Law of Nations, Roman Constitution, checks and balances

4.) The Punic Wars

-Overview of the First, Second, and Third Punic Wars

-Describes Hannibal Barca of Carthage and what made him an effective leader (great military strategist of all time, crossing of the Alps, the creativity of using war elephants)

Keywords: Punic Wars

5.) The Roman Empire -Describes how it was a period of great growth, wealth and trade (however, there was still an enormous disparity between rich and poor.)

-Describes daily life, entertainment, expansion, economy

Keyword: Pax Romana

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.


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