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ROME: Culture & Conquest

For Grades 6-9

This program presents an overview of Roman history, culture, political and everyday life as well as some pivotal moments in its expansion into one of the greatest empires ever known. Through live interaction with the instructor and with the help of pictures, maps and video, the students will not only travel through several hundred years of Roman history and accomplishments, but also use their judgment and mathematical skills to help plan several battle campaigns with the legions. There is pre-video conference slide show and activity included with the program and the actual lesson can be done in less than an hour.


NSS-WH.5-12.3 ERA 3:

Classical Traditions, Major Religions, and Giant Empires, 1000 BCE-300 BCE – how major religions and large-scale empires arose in the Mediterranean basin, China, and India, 500 BCE-300 CE.



Places and Regions – Understand the physical and human characteristics of places

NSS-G. K-12.4

Human Systems – Understand the processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement.



Cultures (Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures) – Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
- Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspective of the culture studied

Teacher Information:

This is a very interactive program that provides teamwork, decision-making, history, geography, and mathematics.

Planned as a companion piece for your study of the Roman Empire, you and your students will be presented with an overview of Roman history, architecture, politics, and everyday life with an instructor using slides and video. In addition, the students will also learn about the Roman Army’ how it worked, evolved and functioned. The program includes history, geography, mapping and measuring and mathematical calculations as they actually plan out several Roman battle campaigns.

The materials below are organized into two sections — Pre-VC and the actual program day section. On the day before our video conference, you will show the slide show to your students that introduces them to the Roman Army, the greatest fighting force of its time. Certain basics of the way it operated will be illustrated and you will the divide your class into teams (Legions). These should consist of no more than 9 students per team. Each Legion will be divided into subdivisions of two, each subdivision doing separate jobs: Surveyors, Strategists, Quartermasters, and Engineers. Please see the Student Activity page for job descriptions. The remaining student in each Legion is the Centurion. He or she will collect all information onto the report form and present it to the facilitator (the teacher in the pre-VC class period, the instructor on the day of the VC). The students are put into a battle situation and must make plans and recommendations for the troops. Once their reports are in, the actual outcome of the battle is shown to the students. You will do one of these battle preparations before the VC and two on program day.

Pre-VC Files:
Files for day of VC: