Ages: 10 & under
Suggested length: 1-2 class periods (45-55 minutes each); it is recommended that the students explore the Kialo discussion at home prior to the lesson. This way, they can dedicate the time in class to complete the writing activity.
Device accessibility: 1 device per student
Contenido del artículo:
- At a glance
- Learning objective(s)
- Prior knowledge
- Teacher preparation
- Provided materials
- Lesson Plan
- Related Kialo discussion
- Downloadable files
At a glance
In this lesson, students will explore a Kialo discussion that weighs different answers to the question, “How Did the Roman Empire Become the Greatest in the World?”
Students will write a letter pretending to be a Roman soldier in the field, taking a stance in the above debate. They will be assessed on their individual work, taking into account the coherence and depth of the arguments they use.
In this lesson, students will:
- Develop students' information retrieval skills.
- Identify key events and facts about the Roman Empire.
Students should understand processes such as conquest and imperial expansion. Ideally, students should also be somewhat familiar with key facts in relation to the Roman Empire.
- Make 1 clone of the discussion for each class.
The Kialo discussion “How Did the Roman Empire Become the Greatest in the World?” This includes:
- Instructions for students and a glossary.
- A fully developed Kialo discussion for students to explore. The discussion covers the diverse factors that could have determined the Roman Empire’s military success.
- Lesson plan for educators (.docx / .pdf).
- Pre-activity (25-30 minutes)
- Opener (focus of partial class period )
- Activity (focus of one class period)
- Optional closer (5-10 minutes)
Students will each write a letter in which they pretend to be a Roman soldier, explaining the reason for the empire’s greatness to their daughter.
Pre-activity (25-30 minutes)
- Direct students to explore the different branches of the Kialo discussion by clicking on the pros and cons. Encourage students to click on any links that interest them. If they have any questions or thoughts about the claims or sources, ask them to make comments underneath the claims.
Opener (10-20 minutes)
Watch this TED-Ed video, “A day in the life of a Roman Soldier,” to activate student knowledge and spark interest.
- Discuss any points of interest such as claims, embedded sources, student comments or questions that arose from the Pre-activity.
Activity (focus of one class period)
Go through the student instructions located in the Kialo discussion background (this can be found by clicking the button in the top-left corner of the discussion).
Direct students to explore the Kialo discussion.
- When students are close to finishing their reading of the discussion, have them vote on their 5 favorite claims. Direct students to give a score of “4” on the 5 claims that they think are most important for determining the source of the Roman Empire’s greatness.
Closer (5-10 minutes)
- Ask students what they think was the most important factor that determined the Roman Empire’s unprecedented expansion. Encourage them to support their answer with reasons.