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A Journey to Ancient Rome

A WebQuest for 7th Grade Social Studies

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In this WebQuest you will go on a virtual adventure back to Ancient Rome.  You will work in cooperative groups to explore Ancient Roman architecture, geography, culture, and language.  You will work in groups of four in order to create an electronic slide show presentation of your findings.  


Learners

You should be familiar with presentation software such as Microsoft PowerPoint.  You should also have experience with the internet and online navigation.  You should also be able to work cooperatively.  


Process

The lesson is organized for you to research specific information on the internet. you will be given a job as stated below and, with the links provided, will be required to answer the questions. The lesson will require more than one class period, with the most time-consuming part being the creation of the electronic presentation.




Each student will be assigned one of the following jobs:

Cartographer
Linguist
Architect
Anthropologist

Cartographer

The word cartographer comes from the Greek words "‘cartos," which means leaf of paper and "graphia," writing.  A cartographer is a map maker. As the cartographer of your group, you will become an expert on the geography of Ancient Rome and create a slide show page on the geography of the Ancient Roman Empire.

The following sites will help you with this task:

How was the city of Rome founded?
Romulus and Remus

Which present day countries were once a part of the Roman Empire?
Roman Empire map

What are the land formations of Italy?

Now that you have researched the geographical history of Ancient Rome, you will need to find a map of the Ancient Roman Empire to include in your slide show page.


Linguist


A lin
guist is someone who is a specialist in languages.  Many of the words we use in English today contain what are called Latin roots.  Latin was the language that spread with the Roman Empire.  Words such as "aquarium" and "capital" are derived from the Latin language.  The roots of these two words are "aqua", meaning water, and "capit", which means head.  

Your task is to demonstrate the influence that Latin has had on the English language by researching Latin roots and designing a slide show page that will teach your peers about Latin roots.  You may find the following web sites useful:

Greek and Latin Roots   (Be careful to only select Latin roots from this page.)


Dictionary of Greek and Latin Roots



Why Kids Should Have to Learn Latin

Architect

Architects design buildings, houses, and apartments. They also design offices, schools, and airport terminals.

  • As an Ancient Roman architect, what would you include in a typical family house and what would it look like? Click here to help find out.

  • Ancient Romans were very technologically advanced for their time. You will need to know about the buildings and structures the Romans built in order to be a great architect. Find three exciting technologies and be prepared to explain them in your presentation.


The Cultural Anthropologist

A cultural anthropologist studies the customs, values, ideas, clothing styles, music, healing techniques, businesses, legal systems, games, and/or the recipes of a community. To help you become the expert on the Roman culture answer the questions below.

1. Clothing
  • What type of clothing did the Romans wear?
  • How is the clothing the same and how does it differ from the clothes we wear today?
2. Entertainment
What did the Romans do for entertainment ?

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3. Education
  • Did a student’s family pay for it or was an education free?
  • What did the students learn?
  • What types of schools did they attend?
  • What values were important to the Romans?

PowerPoint

You will be responsible for making three PowerPoint slides. When you have completed your PowerPoint, combine it with the other members in your group. (Teacher will explain how to combine.)

Make sure your PowerPoint answers the questions for your job and includes a picture.

Evaluation

The electronic slide show presentations will be evaluated using the rubric below. 



Beginning

1

Developing

2

Accomplished

3

Exemplary

4

Score

Research

Presentation shows group members recorded information from few resources.

Presentation shows group members misinterpreted statements, graphics and questions and failed to identify relevant information.

Presentation shows group members recorded relevant information from multiple sources of information, evaluated and synthesized relevant information.

Presentation indicates group members accurately researched varied information sources, recorded and interpreted statements and graphics.


Introduction 


The introduction does not orient the audience to what will follow or does not appear interesting or relevant to the audience.

The introduction shows some structure but does not create a strong sense of what is to follow. May be overly detailed or incomplete and is somewhat appealing to the audience.

The introduction is clear and coherent and relates to the topic.

The title page and introduction present the overall topic and draws the audience into the presentation.

 

Content

Includes little  information and few facts about the topic.
Information may be incomplete, out of date and/or incorrect.
The content is vague in conveying information and does not create a strong sense of purpose.
Some of the information may not seem to fit.
The content is written with a logical progression of ideas and supporting information.

The content is written clearly and concisely with a logical progression of ideas and supporting information.

Text Elements

The text is extremely difficult to read with long blocks of  text and small point size of fonts, inappropriate contrasting colors, poor use of headings, subheadings, indentations, or bold formatting.

Overall readability is difficult with lengthy paragraphs, too many different fonts, dark or busy background, overuse of bold or lack of appropriate indentations of text.

Sometimes the fonts are  easy-to-read, but in a few places the use of fonts, italics, bold, long paragraphs, color or busy background detracts and does not enhance readability. The fonts are easy-to-read and point size varies appropriately for headings and text.
Use of italics, bold, and indentations enhances readability.
Text is appropriate in length for the target audience and to the point.
The background and colors enhance the readability of text.

 Layout

The layout is aesthetically pleasing and contributes to the overall message with appropriate use of headings and subheadings and white space.
The layout uses horizontal and vertical space appropriately.

The layout shows some structure, but appears cluttered and busy or distracting with large gaps of white space or uses a distracting background.

The layout is cluttered, confusing, and does not  use spacing, headings and subheadings to enhance the readability.

 Graphics, Sound and/or Animation

The graphics, sounds, and/or animations are unrelated to the content.
Graphics do not enhance understanding of the content, or are distracting decorations that create a busy feeling and detract from the content.
Some of the graphics, sounds, and/or animations seem unrelated to the topic/theme and do not enhance the overall concepts.
Images are too large/small in size.
Images are poorly cropped or the color/resolution is fuzzy.
The graphics, sound/and or animation visually depict material and assist the audience in understanding the flow of information or content.
Images are proper size, resolution.

The graphics, sound and/or animation assist in presenting an overall theme and make visual connections that enhance understanding of concept, ideas and relationships.
All images enhance the content.


 Writing Mechanics

 

Errors in spelling, capitalization, punctuation, usage and grammar repeatedly distract the reader and major editing and revision is required.
(more than 5 errors)
Spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors distract or impair readability.
(3 or more errors)
The text is clearly written with little or no editing required for grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
The text is written with no errors in grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.