To appreciate the military genius of the man who posed the only real threat to Rome’s domination of the Mediterranean world at the height of its power.
1 class period
As the teacher, you can begin this lesson by pointing out on a classroom map the locations of Carthage (present day Tunis) and Rome. Also, trace Hannibal’s route from southeastern Spain through southern Gaul (France) and across the Alps to Italy. Show the locations of the islands of Corsica, Sardinia, and Sicily.
Next, read with the class the story of Hannibal.
Students then answer six Thought Questions, which help develop critical thinking skills. Responses can be discussed later in the period.
Example Thought Question:
(2) Was Hannibal’s bold plan to invade Italy a good idea or a bad idea? Give a reason for your answer.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions included.