This lesson is the introduction to a unit on Ancient Civilizations and introducing Ancient Rome. This lesson fits in with the Historical Thinking Project’s Big 6, specifically the concepts Establish Historical Significance as well as Historical Perspectives. Historical significance depends on any given student’s perspective on history. To have a historical perspective as a modern student can be challenging with this generation immersed in technology. Some historical landmarks included, but not limited to are the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Baths of Caracalla, Saint Peters Basilica, the Temple of Saturn the Roman Forum,
the Vatican, Circus Maximus, Piazza Navona, Castel Sant’Angelo and St John in the
Lateran. As Grade 7 curricular content, this exercise is focused on Ancient civilizations up until 7th
Century, so it would be ideal to choose landmarks within this time period, but up to the discretion of
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(Social Studies 7) Geographic Conditions shaped the emergence of civilizations.
(Social Studies 7) Religious and cultural practices that emerged during this period have endured and continue to influence people.
(English Language Arts 7) Exploring and sharing multiple perspectives extends our thinking.
Essential or Guiding Questions: I can understand how important historical landmarks have shaped the city of Rome, Italy in the past and in the present.
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