To learn about the history, culture, and contributions of the Byzantine Empire.
1 class period
The lesson begins by reading the introductory paragraph with the class about how, in the fourth century, the Roman Empire was divided into two parts.
Next, class members participate in a contest during which they read through a series of sentences about the Byzantine Empire and its contributions to civilization. Each sentence contains a phrase where the words have been scrambled. These words need to be rewritten in correct order in the space provided. The sentences are arranged into the following sections:
• Brief History of the Byzantine Empire
• Byzantine Way of Life
• Byzantine Contributions to Civilization
Later in the period, you can have students exchange papers and read all phrases in correct order as shown in the Teacher Instructions. The winners of the contest are the class members who correctly rearrange the most phrases.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise later in the school year.