This week we are taking a look at the structure of the Roman Republic and compare it to our own three branches of government. It does not line up exactly, but it is obvious that our founding fathers borrowed a great deal from the Romans, just as the Romans "borrowed" from the Greeks. You can ask these questions at dinner or maybe while driving your kids around to their 1000s of activities:
3 Branches of Government video
Throughout this unit we have brought each topic of study back around to the essential question: How did Rome rise and fall? Students have been making predictions as we move along through this unit, but soon they will find out the truth. This week we will be looking at a variety of reasons why the Roman empire crumbled away.
Our summative test on Rome will be Friday of this week.
Here is a study guide.
"All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome." ~Tacitus (56-117 CE)
We spent a fair amount of time last week comparing and contrasting the patricians and plebeians, whether their relationship helped with the rise of Rome, or the fall. Students used adjectives to describe the social classes-- were all of the patricians selfish? or generous? Were all of the plebeians hard-working? or lazy? Students were asked if they could justify their explanation of the traits of each group. This was hard! Eventually they came to the conclusion that we can not make blanket generalizations about groups of people, whether they are ancient or modern.
Continuing with the social class theme, we looked at the life of a gladiator in the film below. Based on historical evidence, this video gives us a supposedly accurate depiction of what it was like to train as a gladiator.
Mrs. Steinen enjoys tacos, running, and reading. This is her 14th year teaching, but the first ten were all in Social Studies. She has three daughters and a spotty dog named Stella. Stella types 55 wpm. :)