Ancient Roman Government: Whose Voice Counts?

This Ancient Roman Government: Whose Voice Counts? unit also includes:

The Roman Republic is the source of legends, but not everyone was entitled to the benefits of citizenship. Learners consider who counted in ancient Rome, and then apply that understanding to contemporary forms of government. Individuals then consider the Roman tradition of gladiator combat and write a persuasive essay on violence in modern sports.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use graphic organizers to prepare students to write persuasive essays on violence in sports
Classroom Considerations
  • Serves as the fifth installment of the six-part Ancient Civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome series
  • Some background on the religious diversity of Rome is helpful
  • Graphic organizers and other activities scaffold debate and writing preparation
  • Extension ideas allow for integration of interdisciplinary instruction
  • Lesson plan jumps around from governance of Rome to a debate about gladiators, making the flow seem jumbled