To trace the events that were part of the rise and fall of Ancient Rome.
1 class period
This lesson includes two contests based on an outline that summarizes important events during the years when Rome ruled a vast empire surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.
I. Geography helped Rome establish a great empire in the Mediterranean region.
II. The Romans gained control of Italy and set up a republic.
III. The Roman Republic gained lands throughout the Mediterranean region.
IV. The Roman Republic became the Roman Empire.
Start by reading with the class the introductory paragraph and parts I and II of the outline. Once finished, students will begin Contest #1 in which they must try to identify as many people, places, and terms as they can in a list of 28 using clues that are provided. A time limit should be set in accordance with the ability of the students. When time has elapsed, papers are exchanged and answers read.
For homework, have class members read parts III and IV of the outline and do Contest #2. Papers can be exchanged and corrected at the beginning of the next class period.
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.