This unit bundle contains the materials and directions for ELEVEN complete lesson plans and a culminating test! PowerPoints, primary source readings and worksheets, and interactive student activities are all included in the zip. This is a bargain at a THIRD the price of buying each product separately!
Most files are left in Word so you can alter them to meet the needs of your class. These lessons are completely Common Core aligned and will prepare your students for state assessments, such as the Regents exam. You may find a list of the included lessons below - links are provided to each product sold separately, containing more detailed information and images of materials.
1. Classical Greek Philosophers: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle
In this lesson students read primary source excerpts from Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and analyze the influence of classical Greek philosophy on Western thought in culture, government, and media. The product includes a detailed lesson plan with lecture notes and class questions, a video clip for class viewing, and primary source readings.
2. Greek and Roman Classical Art and Architecture
Students love this lesson as an intro to studies of classical Greece and Rome! The PowerPoint is full of images of classical art and architecture and examples of modern imitations. Students will learn about classical Greek and Roman culture while examining famous images, and analyze the influence of classical art and architecture on the modern Western world. The product includes a detailed lesson plan, lecture notes, class questions, and a corresponding PowerPoint presentation.
3. Development of the Roman Republic
In this lesson students will learn about the historical origins of the Roman Republic as well as the mythological origins of Rome through the Remus and Romulus story. They will examine and analyze the government structure of the Roman Republic, and they will read and analyze primary source excerpt from The Twelve Tables. The product includes a detailed lesson plan with lecture notes and student questions, a corresponding PowerPoint with information and images, two primary source texts with analytical student questions, and teacher answer keys.
4. Social Problems in the Roman Republic
Students love this interactive lesson! They learn about different social problems in the Roman Republic and create their own skits portraying the Republic's issues. They are invariably dramatic, funny, and memorable! Students will create a chart to understand the social conditions of the Roman Republic. They will read about problems faced by different groups of people in the Republic and create skits portraying them, and they will discuss the role of Julius Caesar in the evolution from Republic to Empire. The product includes a detailed lesson plan with a Do Now, lecture notes, and class questions, a chart handout with teacher answer key, a reading for students, and a primary source excerpt with an analytical student question.
5. Growth of Rome: Republic Becomes Empire
In this lesson students will analyze maps to examine Roman geography and determine its advantages for Roman growth, watch a short video clip to discover advantages of Roman military, and analyze Roman trade network through photos and maps. The product includes a detailed lesson plan with a "Do Now", lecture notes, and class questions, a teacher answer key, and a corresponding visual-rich PowerPoint presentation.
6. The Pax Romana: Rome’s “Golden Age” or Not?
In this lesson students will learn brief background about the origins of Pax Romana and Octavian Augustus' rule. They will read 3 primary sources and watch a movie clip depicting life in the Roman Empire and answer analytical questions. They will examine the problems inherent in the bread and circus policy, and use information to debate the question: Was the Pax Romana really a "golden" age for Rome? The product includes a detailed lesson plan with Aim, Do Now, lecture notes, and class questions and 3 primary source reading excerpts with analytical writing questions.
7. Decline of the Roman Empire
This lesson plan and activity has students examine primary and secondary source excerpts to determine causes of Rome's strength and also eventual fall. Included is a detailed lesson plan, document handouts, a graphic organizer chart for students, and a thorough answer key for teachers.
My students LOVE doing this activity, especially when they get to conduct their own economic analysis of Rome's problems - particularly students who aren't the "history type" really get into this lesson. The student-led analysis allows a deep conceptual understanding of the "domino effect" behind the fall of Rome, and sets students up nicely to write an excellent essay on this topic.
8. DBQ – Early Christianity in the Roman Empire
This entirely original DBQ includes 11 documents with analysis questions for students, along with a thorough teacher answer key. Documents are from carefully selected primary source excerpts, maps, images, and secondary source excerpts. This DBQ can be used for an in-class lesson, assigned for homework, given as an essay, or used for Regents review.
The information covers:
- the role of the Roman state religion, polytheism, and emperor worship
- the fundamental teachings and values of Christianity
- persecution of early Christians and why Christianity was threatening to Rome
- how and why Christianity spread so quickly and became so dominant
- Constantine's Edict of Milan and the religious policy shift in Rome
9. Decline of Rome: Diocletian and Constantine Attempt to Save the Empire
In this lesson students will review the problems that Rome was facing as it declined, analyze primary source excerpts and maps to determine how Emperors Diocletian and Constantine tried to solve Rome's problems (using graphic organizer), and assess the effectiveness of Rome's later emperors. The product includes a detailed lesson plan, primary source excerpts, historical maps, a graphic organizer, and a teacher answer key.
10. The Byzantine Empire and Emperor Justinian: A “New Rome”?
This lesson asks students to assess to what extent Justinian revived the old Roman Empire or created a "new" Byzantine empire. The lesson uses visuals, primary source analysis, class discussion, partner work, and independent analytical writing. The lesson can be done in one longer class period, or broken up with part of the DBQ assigned as homework or on the next day. The handouts are in Word format to allow you to edit them as needed. The product includes a detailed lesson plan, a corresponding PowerPoint presentation, a DBQ with essay prompt and analytical questions, a teacher answer key to document questions, and a short writing lesson on crafting thesis paragraphs, broken down step by step with example paragraph aligned to the DBQ.
11. The Byzantine Empire, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, and the Development of Russia
Students love all the activities in this bundle, especially getting to try out writing Cyrillic! This is a Common Core-aligned comprehensive lesson that examines the impact of the Byzantine Empire on Europe after the fall of Rome by analyzing differences between Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, and by looking at the development of Russia as a culture. The lesson uses visuals, graphic organizers, class discussion, partner work, independent analytical writing, and a fun small group debate activity. Works well for AP and Regents classes.
Depending on the level of your class, this lesson can be done in one day or broken up with writing assignments given as homework. The handouts are in Word format to allow you to edit them as needed. The product includes a detailed lesson plan, corresponding PowerPoint presentation, a Cyrillic alphabet handout and activity, a Roman Catholic vs. Eastern Orthodox chart activity, a teacher answer key to chart activity, directions for small group debate activity, and several student writing assignments.
12. Unit Test over Classical Greece, Rome, and Byzantine Empire
This test can be used as an assessment after teaching all 11 lessons in this classical Western civilization. It is divided into three parts: a matching vocabulary section, a multiple-choice section, and a free-response section in which students choose one of three prompts to write on. It's left in Word format so you may edit it for your class' needs.
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