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.
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
ProcessThe 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:
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.
sites will help you with this task:
How was the city of Rome
Romulus and Remus
Which present day countries
were once a part of the Roman Empire?
Roman Empire map
What are the land formations of
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 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
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
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
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.
- 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?
What did the Romans do for entertainment ? 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?
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.
The electronic slide show presentations will be evaluated using the
group members recorded information from few resources.
group members misinterpreted statements, graphics and questions and
failed to identify relevant information.
group members recorded relevant information from multiple sources of
information, evaluated and synthesized relevant
||Presentation indicates group
members accurately researched varied information sources, recorded
and interpreted statements and graphics.
does not orient the audience to what will follow or does not appear
interesting or relevant to the audience.
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
|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
Some of the information may not seem to fit.
|The content is
written with a logical progression of ideas and supporting
||The content is
written clearly and concisely with a logical progression of ideas
and supporting information.
|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.
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
Use of italics, bold, and indentations enhances
Text is appropriate in length for the target
audience and to the point.
The background and colors enhance the
readability of text.
|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
||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.
too large/small in size.
Images are poorly cropped or the
color/resolution is fuzzy.
sound/and or animation visually depict material and assist the
audience in understanding the flow of information or
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
All images enhance the content.
|Errors in spelling,
capitalization, punctuation, usage and grammar repeatedly distract
the reader and major editing and revision is required.
punctuation, and grammar errors distract or impair
(3 or more errors)
|The text is clearly
written with little or no editing required for grammar, punctuation,
||The text is written
with no errors in grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and