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Empress Theodora Primary & Secondary Source Analysis for the Byzantine Empire

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This primary and secondary source analysis activity for the Byzantine Empire includes a reading on the Nika Riots and famous speech by Empress Theodora.

The reading includes a brief background on the cause of the riots in Constantinople against Emperor Justinian and then the short speech by his wife Empress Theodora that inspired Justinian and the government leaders not to flee and to stay in the city and take on the rioters.

An analysis worksheet is also included with open-ended questions designed to get students to think critically about the speech and spark a class discussion.

An editable Google Doc version of the resource and answer key are both included for your convenience.

You can also download this lesson along with a bunch of others in my Byzantine Empire Unit Bundle.

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Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

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