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TeachNet Grant: Roaming Rome
Pamela AuCoin

Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
159th Street at York College
Jamaica, NY 11451

6-10th grade world history
About the Grant:

Materials - computers with internet access

Description of Your Project - This project is part of a larger unit on Classical Rome. During this phase, students identify the major artistic and architectural Roman achievements, and select those they would like to incorporate in their own tours of Rome. They design their tours, which feature their selected sites.


How it Works - Students choose the cultural monuments, buildings, and any other landmarks they would most like to see. They research background information, and use these details to create their own tours of Rome. They compose a script, and plot the locations on a map, so they are ready to take their first customers to Rome.


Final Project/Product - Students create a virtual tour of Rome, with uploaded pictures, and their own tour guide scripts. Their final product is an interactive map, which gives a visual snapshot of what the tour will look like. For enrichment, teachers could assign students primary source documents, which could be cited as part of the tours.

How This Grant was Adapted:

Overall Value - Students create virtual visits to Classical Rome, and share their discoveries with their classmates. This is a way of mastering the content, and applying it to produce an authentic tool. Equally important is designing the route.  The project integrates geography, art, research, and writing.


Tips for the Teacher - I recommend partners for this assignment. Ideally, there would be a web-savvy student paired with a strong writer. Emphasize that their work should contain relevant historical information, but it must also entertain.  As tour guides, they want their customers to tell others about their wonderful services.

Project URL


Student tours of Rome are featured.


Students will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the cultural achievements of Classical Rome;
  • Research the cultural achievements of Rome;
  • Compose scripts of their Roman tours;
  • Create a route for their tours;
  • Upload relevant photos from flickr.com;
  • Present their guided tours to the class.

Websites Used
  1.  www.communitywalk.com
    Description: This is the interactive mapping website used for the project.
  2. http://fordham.edu/halsall/sbook1b.html#Early%20Christianity%20After%20100
    Description: This is an invaluable website for primary sources. Students can choose a few lines to incorporate.
  3. flickr.com
    Description: a powerful photo-sharing web site
  4. Google Earth's Ancient Rome layer
    Description: Download a special layer in Google Earth that contains 3D historical imagery of Ancient Rome (you must already have Google Earth on your computer).


Standards Addressed:

Standard 1:  Students will understand the development and connectedness of Western civilization and other civilizations and cultures in many areas of the world and over time

Grade: 9th

Subject: Social Studies


Standard 2: know some important historic events and developments of past civilizations

Grade: 9th

Subject: Social Studies


Standard 3: Study about different world cultures and civilizations focusing on their accomplishments, contributions, values, beliefs, and traditions Grade: 9th

Subject: Social Studies

Lesson 1:

Title: The Discriminating Tourist



Project Objectives -

Objective 1: SWBAT research different tourism websites.

Objective 2: SWBAT evaluate each websites' effectiveness



Materials 1: Computers with internet access.


Procedures -.


Procedure 1: Discuss: What are some places students would like to visit? 2. Why would you most like to visit them?

Procedure 2: Discuss: If you could design a travel brochure or website to attract customers to join your tour, what would it look like?

Procedure 3: Research tourism websites. Would these sites and online brochures attract you to the area? Explain. What works well? How could the websites be improved? Refer to layout, images, writing, and graphics in your answer.

Procedure 4: Tell students they will create their own websites during the next couple of days.



Homework - Refer to textbooks. Create an outline: research Rome's greatest cultural achievements. Which are in the actual city itself? Which would you like to include in your tour, and why?

Lesson 2:

Title - Exploring Community Walk



Project Objectives -.


Objective 1: SWBAT design their own interactive map of their community.

Objective 2: SWBAT discuss the locations to include on their maps.



Materials 1: Computers with internet access and Google Earth.



Procedures -

Procedure 1: Pair up students.

Procedure 2: Students get communitywalk.com accounts. Note: Each pair should share one account. The password should be easy to remember and should be shared with the teacher.

Procedure 3: For about five minutes, students create their own route of their neighborhood. This is a warm-up exercise, so they will feel comfortable maneuvering the site.

Procedure 4: Partners discuss what areas they want to include on their communitywalks. If possible, students should use Google Earth as a resource. The Rome layer has very good information.


Lesson 3:

Title - Mapping the Tours



Project Objectives -.


Objective 1: SWBAT identify and choose relevant images from flickr to upload onto their maps.

Objective 2: SWBAT upload images onto their maps.



Materials -


Materials 1: Laptops with internet access.

Materials 2: Smartboard/LCD projector with laptop.



Procedures -

Procedure 1: Go to community walk site.

Procedure 2: Show students a sample finished product (choose an annotated map you like from the Community Walk web site)

Procedure 3: Students add markers to targeted locations. This is a complete tour package, so airport and hotel information must be provided.

Procedure 4: Students get flickr accounts (flickr.com; yahoo accounts will work on Flickr. Be sure to collect a list of student account names and passwords)

Procedure 5: Model how to upload photos from flickr to a marked location.

Procedure 6: Students upload appropriate photos.


Lesson 4

Title - Script Writing



Project Objectives.


Objective 1: SWBAT compose scripts of their Roman tours;

Objective 2: SWBAT upload photos from flickr.com




Materials 1: laptops with computer access



Procedures - List in a step-by-step fashion what the teacher and students are required to do in order to complete the lesson.

Leave areas blank if needed.


Procedure 1: Come up with tour guide company names;

Procedure 2: Continue uploading photos

Procedure 3: Continue completing scripts.


Lesson 5:

Title - Virtual Tours of Rome



Project Objectives -

Objective 1: SWBAT share their favorite parts of Rome;

Objective 2: SWBAT present their community walk projects


Materials -

Materials 1: Smartboard or LCD/laptop projector.

Materials 2: Evaluation handouts



Procedures -

Procedure 1: Groups download their community walk tours from the site, and minimize them.

Procedure 2: Each group presents their work.

Procedure 3: Audience members complete an assessment of the presentations. These assessments will be part of their final grade.



Assessment - Self and partner assessments will be completed. The class-wide and teacher evaluation reports will also be factored into the final grade.

Pamela AuCoin teaches world history at Queens High School for the Sciences at York College. Please visit her website at http://sites.google.com/site/educationtechlab/


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