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Ancient Rome History Essay Rubric

Getting Started

Provide your students with two questions printed on a sheet of paper:

  • What do you already know about Ancient Rome?
  • What do you want to know about Ancient Rome?

Ask your students to write an answer for each before handing the sheet back to the teacher. Create a place on the wall in your classroom to post their thoughts. Over the course of the unit, check back to see if the questions have been answered so that they can be removed from the wall. If new questions arise, students can add them to the wall as they wish.

Opening Discussion

Ask your class if they have ever heard of the saying “When in Rome...”. It originated in a statement made by St. Ambrose, who was asked by St. Augustine about the customs in Rome. St. Ambrose explained that when he is in Rome, he follows the customs of the church he is visiting. This saying has become a common phrase used by travelers who want to conform to the local customs of the place they are visiting.

Tell your students that they are going to travel back in time to visit Ancient Rome. They are going to experience the city of Rome through the eyes of a Roman emperor, patrician, senator, equestrian, plebeian, or slave. Your students will break into six research groups to learn more about the lives of these different kinds of people in ancient Rome. Each group will present their findings and present an image that best portrays what their life would look like.

Concluding Discussion

Take a virtual tour of Rome through Google Earth. Explore ancient Roman monuments such as:

  • The Colosseum
  • Circus Maximus
  • Roman Forum
  • Campidoglio
  • Piazza Venezia
  • Trajan’s Market
  • Piazza San Pietro
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Pantheon
  • Piazza Navona
  • Sistine Chapel

As you visit each site, provide your class with a few historical facts to pique their interest. After the tour, ask your students to discuss their favorite sites or identify any sites that were missed.

Scroll over 'more' to the right for units/activities/resources!

LEGACY OF ROME PROJECT - Due Wed, January 29th

Ancient Rome has left a lasting impact on the world.  Although officially ending before the year 500, many aspects of Roman culture, society, government, religion, etc. have influenced the way we live today.  This project will allow you to look more deeply at some aspect of ancient Rome and how it has impacted later civilizations and our own.

Working in a group of no more than 3, or alone if you choose, you will choose one topic from ancient Rome to teach the class about and explain how it influenced other cultures or even our culture today.  

1st - Choose a topic:  
      Religion in Rome (Polytheistic and Christianity)
       Roman Fashion (Clothing, Hair, Jewelry, Makeup, Hygiene, etc.)  

       Roman Food and Dining (food types, customs, manners, etc.)                   
       Roman Medicine (customs, procedures, medicines, doctors, etc.)
       Roman Language (Latin)                                       
       Roman Entertainment (Colosseum, gladiators, games for children, etc.)               
Roman Architecture and Engineering (buildings, structures like aqueducts, roads,       etc.)                                                                                           
2nd - Decide what format you will use for your project (You will be presenting it to the class so keep that in mind):

            Google Doc
            OR something creative you come up with

3rd - Begin researching information for your project:  
The following information must be included in your final project: 
1.  Your topic and its importance to ancient Rome: 
      -Provide detailed information about this topic and its use/importance in 
       ancient Rome.  

      -Questions you should be trying to answer with your research (if they pertain to your topic):    
           -How did it develop or who used it?  Did they take ideas from another civilization (like the Greeks, India, etc) 
           or is it uniquely Roman? 
           -What was it's purpose?  
           -What does it say about ancient Roman Culture and the people? 
           -How did it influence/effect ancient Roman society/culture/government/et?
      -Include pictures, illustrations, or examples that show this topic in 
       use in  ancient Rome.  
      -Try to connect this topic to important people or events that occurred in ancient 
       Rome.  (Example - Roman entertainment at the Colosseum was often organized by 
       emperors so give us specific examples)

2.  Your topic and its connection to later civilizations:
     - Explain how this topic is part of a larger legacy or lasting 
       impact on other civilizations or our own. 
     - Questions you should be answering in your project:  
           -How has this topic influenced civilizations who have come after ancient Rome/the world?
           -In what ways has this topic evolved or changed from what it was in 
           ancient Rome?  
     -Give specific examples of this topic and its use or influence in other civilizations or it influence on today's    world. 

4th - Put your final project together:
Now you must put your information together in project format.  It is up to you how you do it.  We will be working on this project next week and it will be due the following so I expect excellence and effort.  This is not something that can be put together in 2 class periods and receive a passing score.  You must clearly demonstrate that you used class time wisely and worked to your full potential to do well.

This project will be presented to the class so you want to make sure your information is clear and easy to understand.  

Things to ALWAYS remember:
-Spelling and Grammar


These websites are a good starting place but you may have to be more specific in your searches depending on your topic.  ALWAYS get the teachers advice before doing a Google search!  IF YOU CANNOT CLICK ON A WEBSITE THEN JUST COPY IT AND THEN PASTE IT INTO A NEW TAB!


This project will be graded based on the following criteria:

1.  Information given on the chosen topic and its importance and relevance in ancient Rome.   15 pts.

2.  Information given on the connection between this topic and a later civilization or today's world.    15 pts.

3.  Project is put together neatly and creatively with little to no spelling or grammatical errors.  10 pts.

4.  Project is presented to the class in a 2-5 min presentation.  Presenter/s are informative and clear.  5 pts.  

Total points:  45 pts

Entrance Ticket - 1/29/14

Choose one person from group to do this (all should give input into answers).  Copy and paste questions below into Google Doc, answer and share with me. 

1.  Topic - 

2.  Are you having trouble finding any information?

3.  Will you be ready to present tomorrow?

4.  If you answered NO above, please explain why?
HIS 2. The civilizations that developed in Greece and Rome had an enduring impact on later civilizations. This legacy includes governance and law, engineering and technology, art and architecture, as well as literature and history. The Roman Empire also played an instrumental role in the spread of Christianity.
Learning Targets: 
  • I can give examples of and explain the impact ancient Rome has had on later civilizations. 
Assessment: Legacy of Rome Project 
General Information about Rome resources:

Ancient Rome for Kids:

Ancient Rome for Kids:

Life in Roman Times:


The Roman Empire in the 1st Century:

Religion in Ancient Rome (VERY extensive website, info is separated into topics, scroll through to find what you are looking for):

Roman Fashion/Clothing:

All about Roman fashion and style:

History of Hair (how neat is that?!):

Roman Footwear:

Roman Food/Dining Culture:

Roman manners and etiquette:

Architecture in Ancient Rome:

Ancient Roman Medicine and Public Health:

What is Ancient Roman Medicine? Great article!!!

Athletics, Entertainment and Leisure in Rome:

History of the LATIN Language:

Introduction and brief history of LATIN: