The Fall of the Roman Empire Webquest and Video Analysis with Key- this is a 14 page document that contains a webquest and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 29 questions based on a Crash Course World History video and an online article.
Students will be introduced to the Fall of Rome by watching the Crash Course video: Fall of The Roman Empire...in the 15th Century. The video will detail the sacking of the city of Rome in the 5th century by Germanic tribes and explain why the Roman Empire found itself in such a period of weakness. The incorporation of Germanic tribes into the Roman Legions, and the constant civil wars this caused, is discussed. This turmoil resulted in the fall of the Western half of Rome. The video goes on to describe how the Eastern half of the Empire, Byzantium, went on to survive for almost 1000 years. The similarities and differences between the two halves of the Empire are reviewed- language, religion, trade, wars. The video concludes with how the fall of the Western Roman Empire left the Pope with unchecked authority, there was no Emperor to spar with. This would have a huge impact on the history of Western Europe going into the Middle Ages. Following the video, students will proceed to an online reading which will discuss more reasons for the fall of Rome. A weakening economy, trade imbalances, food shortages, the rise of Christianity, as well as the Barbarian invasions are all covered.
This webquest can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan.