To review social, political, and economic aspects of life in the Roman Empire.
1 class period
The lesson begins reading four paragraphs of background information with the class about how, in A.D. 395, the Roman Empire was divided into two parts, each having its own emperor.
The class is then divided into 5 teams for the playing of THE ROMAN EMPIRE GAME! Team 1 will be the Vandals, Team 2 the Franks, Team 3 the Anglo-Saxons, Team 4 the Huns, and Team 5 the Visigoths. The winner of the game will be the team of barbarians that is first to invade the empire and reach Rome.
Routes that teams will follow are shown on a map of Europe. The game begins when the teacher asks a question about the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. The first person to raise their hand is called on. If their answer is correct, all class members shade space 1 for the team that gave the right answer. But if that team’s answer is incorrect, everybody shades one space for each of the other 4 teams. Play continues until one team shades all 10 of its spaces and reaches Rome. In the event that two teams reach Rome at the same time, a tie-breaker question will be asked.
Prior to using the lesson, you will need to prepare a list of 35 to 40 questions that can be answered with the name of a person, place, event, or term. Questions can be based on previous lessons on Rome and/or on text readings, maps, and other illustrations.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions with additional information on how to conduct the game are included.