- Demonstrate an understanding of the contributions of the Ancient Roman civilization
- Study and provide evidence for:
- The significance of Roman citizenship
- The spread of Christianity
- An understanding of Roman law
- An appreciation of Roman art
- An appreciation of Roman architecture
- An appreciation of Roman engineering
- An appreciation of Roman philosophy
- Demonstrate an ability to interpret, analyze, and synthesize historical information
- Demonstrate an ability to connect the past with the present through an oral presentation using standard-specific speaking strategies
- Whiteboard or chart paper and markers
- Class sets of the Ancient Rome Itinerary, How to Create a Travel Brochure, and rubric handouts (see Set Up and Prepare)
- Social studies textbooks and other primary/secondary sources
- Computers with internet access and word processing tools
- Notebooks or graphic organizers to record important information found during the research process
- Various art materials, such as poster-board, paper, markers, glue, etc., depending on the travel brochure rubric
- Optional: Ancient Rome: A Complete Resource That Helps Kids Learn About This Fascinating Civilization by Alexandra Hanson-Harding or other teaching resources about Ancient Rome
- Optional: Paper, poster-board, etc. for final projects, if you usually supply these to your students
- Create a sample travel brochure to model for the class.
- Create a standards-aligned rubric to guide student work and print a class set.
- Either scan copies of the following handouts from Ancient Rome: A Complete Resource That Helps Kids Learn About This Fascinating Civilization or create your own versions. You should have copies available to project or display during class discussion.
- Ancient Rome Itinerary: a list of topics for the travel brochure
- How to Create a Travel Brochure: a step-by-step guide for students
Optional: Motivate students by wearing a toga the day you introduce the activity.
Part 1: Introduction
Step 1: Introduce the activity by entering the classroom as a tour guide (wear a toga if you want!). Explain to students that the class will be embarking on a tour of Ancient Rome, so get ready for a "blast to the past!"
Step 2: Project the Ancient Rome Itinerary and hand out the student copies. Go over the various places and topic ideas.
Part 2: Effective Travel Brochures
Step 3: Provide students with samples of real travel guides. Have them share with the class. Ask the students to identify what makes each travel brochure effective.
Step 4: List students' responses on the whiteboard or chart paper and leave up for the remainder of the unit so students will realize what type of information is absolutely necessary to make their brochures effective.
Step 5: Hand out and go over the How to Create a Travel Brochure guide and the rubric. Allow students to ask questions about the various options and requirements on the handout.
Step 6: Decide on a way to distribute topics from the Ancient Rome Itinerary. Suggestions: Allow students to sign-up for topics, pull names out of a hat, or assign topics to students.
Note: At this time, you may decide that you want students to work in pairs or groups, depending on the topics you decide to emphasize.
Part 3: Research and Complete Brochure
Step 7: Provide time for students to research their topics. Set time aside to go over their gathered information.
Step 8: Allow time for students to begin creating their travel brochures and incorporate their gathered information. Be sure to emphasize creativity!
Step 9: Students can submit their travel brochures or post them on a bulletin board in the classroom.
Optional: Take digital pictures of students' brochures and upload them to your class homepage.
Part 4: Present the Brochures
Step 10: Acting as tour guides, students use their travel brochure to lead a class tour of their researched topic. Here are some ways I encourage students to share their travel brochures:
- Pass the brochure around the classroom
- Scan or upload the brochure and project it to share with the class
- Conduct a virtual tour through a PowerPoint presentation or website
- Create a "giant" brochure on a poster-board
- Dress up as a Roman Gladiator or wear a toga
- Did students respond to the way I introduced the activity?
- Did modeling a sample of my own travel brochure or bringing in sample brochures, help the students' creative processes and abilities to get started right away?
- Did students develop an overall understanding of the contributions of Ancient Rome? Was their understanding evident in their travel brochures and/or presentations?
- Did students remain on task during the activity?
- Did they handle the independent/group activity well enough to incorporate more project-based assessments?
- Did students enjoy or take advantage of the various options available to them in the presentation activity?
- Should I change anything in the way I model or teach this lesson?
Using a content standards-aligned rubric, assess students based on their ability to represent and synthesize the researched information into a travel brochure. I also assess students' effort, creativity and class participation throughout the unit.
By requiring a class presentation, I integrate language arts standards and can assess students' oral language and speaking skills on a standards aligned rubric.