Unit 1: Exploring Ancient Civilizations: Rome
Lesson 7 of 22
Describe the three groups of people in ancient Rome and explain why they were important for the success of the civilization.
Article: “Roman Class Structure”
Book: Ancient Rome and Pompeii: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #13 by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce (April 2006) pp. 19 – 23
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How do the headings “Powerful Patricians,” “Second-Class Plebeians," and “Lowly Slaves" help readers better understand the information in the article?
Describe the three groups of people in ancient Rome. Defend why each group was equally important for the success of the civilization.
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a legal entitlement to have or do something
rights and benefits given to some people and not to others
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— Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
— Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships (e.g., After dinner that night we went looking for them).
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— Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Describe how the Roman Army shaped the future of the Roman Empire.
Explain how the author uses different text features and illustrations to describe how the Roman Empire was founded.
Make sentences better and more informative by adding more details.
Explain why the Romans were always ready for war.
Explain how the text features and illustrations help build a deeper understanding of the Roman army.
Write multiple sentences using the conjunction because to explain how powerful and organized the Roman army was.
Describe what life was like for enslaved people in the Roman Empire.
Write multiple sentences using the conjunctions but and so to explain why each role in society was important.
Describe what the chapter “The Eternal City” is mostly about and why the structures described were important in Ancient Rome.
Explain how the author uses different text features and illustrations to support the idea that gladiators and bath houses were an important part of Roman society.
Explain what life was like in ancient Rome and what daily routines and structures show us about what ancient Romans valued.
Write multiple sentences using the conjunctions "because," "but," and "so" to explain what life was like in Ancient Rome.
Explain the role that gods, worship, trade and transportation played in the Roman Empire.
Describe Hannibal, Julius Caesar, and Octavian, including what type of leaders they were and why.
Explain what caused the fall of the Roman Empire.
Explain the significance of the heading “The empire lives on."
Compare and contrast both unit texts by comparing and contrasting the most important key details presented in both texts.
Discuss and debate unit-essential questions by stating a claim and using evidence from multiple texts to support and defend the claim.
Informative Writing – 4 days
Research another ancient Rome topic and create a brochure and visual representation to show what you learned.
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