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History - 8th

Exploring Ancient Civilizations: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will understand the key events and factors that led to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.
  • Students will analyze the impact of the Roman Empire on world history and modern society.
  • Students will be able to identify and explain the contributions of ancient Rome to art, architecture, government, and engineering.


This activity will involve a combination of individual research, group discussions, and creative presentations.


  • Textbooks or online resources about ancient Rome
  • Art supplies (paper, markers, colored pencils, etc.)
  • Access to a computer or tablet for research
  • Poster boards or presentation software for final presentations


  1. Divide the class into small groups of 3-4 students.
  2. Assign each group a specific aspect of ancient Rome to research, such as art, architecture, government, or engineering.
  3. Provide students with the necessary resources and materials to conduct their research.
  4. Encourage students to take notes and gather visual examples of their assigned topic.
  5. Once the research is complete, have each group create a visually appealing and informative poster or digital presentation showcasing their findings.
  6. Allow time for each group to present their work to the class, explaining the significance of their assigned topic and its impact on ancient Rome and the world.
  7. After all presentations, facilitate a class discussion to compare and contrast the different aspects of ancient Rome and its contributions.
  8. Conclude the activity by highlighting the key events and factors that led to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, emphasizing the lasting impact of ancient Rome on world history and modern society.


Assess students' understanding and engagement through the following criteria:

  • Quality of research and accuracy of information
  • Clarity and creativity of the poster or digital presentation
  • Ability to effectively communicate and explain the significance of their assigned topic
  • Active participation in group discussions and class presentations

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Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7

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