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Social Studies - 7th

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

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the key events and characteristics of the Roman Empire
  • Understand the impact of the Roman Empire on world history
  • Can analyze primary and secondary sources to draw conclusions about the Roman Empire


This activity will involve a combination of group work, research, and creative presentation.


  • Textbooks or online resources about the Roman Empire
  • Computers or tablets with internet access
  • Art supplies (paper, markers, colored pencils, etc.)
  • Poster boards or presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint, Google Slides)


1. Divide the class into small groups of 3-4 students.

2. Assign each group a specific aspect of the Roman Empire to research, such as government, architecture, daily life, or military.

3. Provide students with the necessary resources to conduct their research. Encourage them to use a combination of textbooks and online sources to gather information.

4. Instruct students to analyze primary and secondary sources related to their assigned topic. They should take notes and identify key information that will support their presentation.

5. Once the research is complete, have each group create a visually appealing and informative presentation about their assigned aspect of the Roman Empire. They can choose to create a poster board display or use presentation software.

6. Encourage students to be creative in their presentations. They can include images, maps, timelines, and even short videos to enhance their explanations.

7. Allocate sufficient time for each group to present their findings to the class. Encourage active participation by allowing students to ask questions and engage in discussions.


Assess students based on their research skills, ability to analyze primary and secondary sources, and the quality of their presentations. Use a rubric to evaluate their content, organization, creativity, and oral communication skills.

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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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