Exploring Ancient Civilizations: Rome

Lesson 9 - Writing

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Write multiple sentences using the conjunctions but and so to explain why each role in society was important. 

Readings and Materials

  • 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) 

  • Book: Eye Wonder: Ancient Rome 

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Writing Prompt

Your friend thinks some roles in ancient Rome were more important than others. Do you agree or disagree? 

To prove your friend wrong write two to three strong sentences using the conjunctions but and so. 

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Common Core Standards

  • L.3.1 — Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • L.3.1.h — Use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.

  • L.3.1.i — Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences.

  • 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.

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