Exploring Ancient Civilizations: Rome

Lesson 17

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Objective

Explain what caused the fall of the Roman Empire. 

Readings and Materials

  • Article: “The Fall of the Roman Empire” 

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Target Task

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Writing Prompt

What led to the decline of the Roman Empire? 

Key Questions

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What does the phrase, "All roads lead to Rome" mean?  

How did the Roman emperor's desire for power influence the Roman empire? 

Where does the word vandalism come from? Why? 

What influence did the Hun have on the Roman empire? 

What does the phrase, "Rome wasn't built in a day" mean? 

Vocabulary

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decline

(v.)

to become worse in condition or quality

foreigner

(n.)

a person who is from a different country

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Common Core Standards

  • RI.3.3 — Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

Supporting Standards

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L.3.4

L.3.6

RF.3.3

RF.3.4

RI.3.1

RI.3.10

RI.3.4

RI.3.5

RI.3.7

SL.3.1

W.3.10