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History - 7th

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

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will understand the key events and factors that contributed to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.
  • Students will be able to analyze primary and secondary sources to draw conclusions about the impact of the Roman Empire on world history.
  • Students will develop critical thinking and research skills through engaging in hands-on activities and group discussions.


This activity will involve a combination of individual research, group work, and hands-on crafting. Students will be encouraged to think critically, collaborate with their peers, and present their findings in a creative manner.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Textbooks or online resources about the Roman Empire
  • Art supplies (colored paper, markers, glue, scissors)
  • Access to a computer or tablet for research
  • Printed copies of primary and secondary sources related to the Roman Empire


1. Begin the activity by providing an overview of the Roman Empire, its rise to power, and its eventual decline. Use visual aids and engaging storytelling techniques to capture students' attention.

2. Divide the class into small groups and assign each group a specific aspect of the Roman Empire to research. Examples could include the Roman military, architecture, daily life, or the impact of Roman law.

3. Instruct students to use textbooks or online resources to gather information about their assigned topic. Encourage them to take notes and cite their sources for future reference.

4. Provide printed copies of primary and secondary sources related to the Roman Empire. Ask students to analyze these sources and discuss their findings within their groups. Encourage critical thinking and the exploration of different perspectives.

5. Once the research phase is complete, challenge students to create a visual representation of their assigned topic using art supplies. They can create posters, dioramas, or even short videos to showcase their knowledge and understanding.

6. Allow time for each group to present their projects to the class. Encourage questions and discussions among students to deepen their understanding of the Roman Empire.


Assess students' understanding of the topic through the following methods:

  • Group presentations: Evaluate the accuracy and depth of their research, as well as their ability to effectively communicate their findings.
  • Class discussions: Observe students' participation and ability to engage in critical thinking and analysis of primary and secondary sources.
  • Individual reflections: Ask students to write a short reflection on what they have learned about the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and its significance in world history.

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Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7

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