Students use primary documents to research how people from a very different culture clashed against the Roman Empire, at a time when most of Western Europe was Celtic tribal lands. The results of Boudicca's uprising determined the future of British culture in the centuries to follow.
This DBQ addresses the theme of the uses of power used over or with others, using the issue of gender roles. We’ll be using Roman Britain as the case study.
It easily supports learning geared towards these NCSS Standards:
4. Individual Development and Identity
6. Power, Authority and Governance
It was written for middle school learners or homeschoolers of pre-teens. A glossary is included.
Note: Due to varying sensibilities, I purposefully re-wrote the rape of Boudicca's two daughters by Romans as "To punish her, the Romans had her and her two daughters whipped, and then made Boudicca watch while they were brutally tortured and cruelly abused, leaving them each forever scarred." This act was a major motivator that caused the tribes' uprising against the Romans, so the scene couldn't be left out. It's not described in a document, but rather given as background information, so no document is compromised. You will have to determine how you want to describe the prime motivator.