How to "Read like a Historian": An Introduction to the Roman Empire

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Students must learn that we cannot just “accept” information, but rather “interrogate” the text for information. As historians, we must always examine the sources and question its credibility and reliability. The goal is for students to start critically analyzing textual information. Students will read about the Roman Empire (From a secondary source) and use an annotation guide to analyze the source.

What's Included?

1. Lesson Plan- Complete with Big Idea, Essential Question, Student Objectives and modifications for GATE and ELL Students.

2. Student Handout: Reading on the Roman Empire (Students will annotate and analyze this)

3. Student Annotation Sheet: A task sheet that teaches students how "Read like a Historian." Complete with many questions to prompt students as they read. This annotation sheet can be used over and over again for Primary and Secondary Source Analysis.

4. Student Graphic Organizer: This is an optional scaffold that will help assist student populations that would benefit from additional support.

Total Pages
4 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
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.


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