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The Other Roman Empire

Subject: Social Studies: Global History

Grade Level: 9-12

Materials: Computers with an Internet connection, mini DV camcorder, mini DV videotapes (at least 2), DVDRs, a computer that can record onto DVDRs, materials for backgrounds of news broadcast, a microphone, recordable CDs or flash drives, Sonic Media Player program for Windows, FireWire to connect computer to Mini DV Camcorder to sync data, and a television and DVD player to play news broadcasts

About: Students utilize the web to read documents. There are several other sites to obtain further knowledge. Students summarize at least one document. All sites must be read and summarized by the group. Students listen to podcasts at http://anders.com/lectures/lars_brownworth/12_byzantine_rulers/ and summarize the selections. Students keep all summaries in a group portfolio. Each Group creates a 5 - 10 minute news show about their particular emperor. This is recorded onto a DVD and shown to the class. Students can vary the program: talk show, investigative reporters in field, CNN-type or political talking heads. A copy of the skit / outline is included in the group portfolio showing relatively equal roles for each member.

Each group creates a 5-10 minute news show about their particular emperor that is recorded onto a DVD and shown to the class.

Students gain important historical insight while developing their technology and presentation skills.

Ensure that there is time set aside outside of the classroom to shoot the videos of the students. Give yourself plenty of time to copy the information to sonic media player, etc. Do trial runs of smaller versions of this project long before you try this project to determine your students’ needs. Be prepared to make lots of adjustments to the project to suit your needs in the classroom.

http://TeacherWeb.com/NY/BaysideHighSchool/TheOtherRomanEmpire/

 Objectives
Students interpret their findings from resources.
Students explain each Eastern Roman Emperor’s policies.
Students compare Eastern and Western Roman Empires.
Students create a scenario or skit to explain findings in an imaginative and meaningful way.

Websites
Byzantine Emperor podcasts
http://anders.com/lectures/lars_brownworth/12_byzantine_rulers/
Roman Emperors
http://roman-emperors.org
Roman Emperors 2
http://roman-empire.net
New Advent Encyclopedia
http://newadvent.org
Byzantine Empire review
http://icsd.k12.ny.us/highschool/socstud/global2_review/byzantine_empire.htm
Byzantium or Eastern Roman Empire
http://historymedren.about.com/od/byzantium/Byzantium_or_the_Eastern_Roman_Empire.htm
Byzantium Empire
http://fordham.edu/halsall/byzantium/
Learning Windows Movie Maker 2
http://movielibrary.lynda.com/html/modPage.asp?ID=127

Standards
Describe the relationships between people and environments and the connections between people and places.
9-12
Global History
Understand the development and interactions of social/cultural, political, economic, and religious systems in different regions of the world.
9-12
Global History
Analyze how the forces of cooperation and conflict among people influence the division and control of the Earth’s surface.
9-12
Global History
Know some important historic events and developments of past civilizations.
9-12
Global History
Interpret and analyze documents and artifacts related to significant developments and events in world history.
9-12
Global History
Understand the development and connectedness of Western civilization and other civilizations and cultures in many areas of the world and over time.
9-12
Global History
Analyze historic events from around the world by examining accounts written from different perspectives.
9-12
Global History
Understand the broad patterns, relationships, and interactions of cultures and civilizations during particular eras and across eras.
9-12
Global History
Analyze evidence critically and demonstrate an understanding of how circumstances of time and place influence perspective.
9-12
Global History
Analyze the roles and contributions of individuals and groups to social, political, economic, cultural, and religious practices and activities.
9-12
Global History
Plan and organize historical research projects related to regional or global interdependence.
9-12
Global History
Analyze different interpretations of important events, issues, or developments in history by studying the social, political, and economic context in which they were developed; test the data source for reliability and validity, credibility, authority, authenticity, and completeness; and detect bias, distortion of facts, and propaganda by omission, suppression, or invention of facts.
9-12
Global History

Day 1: Introduction to the Byzantium Empire
Objectives
Understand that the Byzantium Empire was a continuation of the Roman Empire.
Explain how the transfer of power from the Western Roman Empire to the Eastern Roman Empire took place.
Compare rulers of the Western Roman Empire to that of the Eastern Roman Empire.
Undestand project outcomes.
Materials
Newspaper article on podcasts of Byzantine emperors
Procedures
Review Newsday article.
Discuss the split between Eastern and Western emperors.
Discuss different Eastern Roman emperors.
Explain "The Other Roman Empire" project.
Divide students into groups with a specific Eastern Roman emperor (Diocletian, Constantine, Julian, Zeno, Justinian, Heraclius, Irene, Basil I, and Basil II).
Homework
Listen to podcasts of chosen emperor and write a summary (summary sheet given).
Assessment

Day 2: Webquest research
Objectives
Group go to Webquest Website and review, summarize, and interpret the different web documents for their chosen emperor. Summary sheets will be provided.
Materials
Computers with an Internet connection
Disks for saving materials
Printers
Procedures
Group must go to Webquest Website and review, summarize, and interpret the different web documents for their chosen emperor. Summary sheets will be provided.
Homework
Assessment

Day 3: Skit Development
Objectives
Cooperative learning - compare and share
Explain important events that effected the chosen emperor and the country.
Materials
Paper
Pens
Documents and summaries from previous day's work
Procedures
Get into groups to compare and share.
Arrange roles of each individual.
Create a script.
Homework
Finalize script and prepare for filming.
Assessment

Day 4: Filming
Objectives
Interpret events of Eastern Roman Empire.
Materials
Mini DV camcorder with tapes and tripod
Proper attire for news broadcast
Microphone (optional)
Procedures
Film skit onto camcorder
Transfer skit from camcorder (through a FireWire) to DVD utilizing Sonic Media or other movie-producing software.
optional: add background sounds, etc.
Homework
Assessment

Day 5: Broadcast Day
Objectives
Explain how the Eastern Roman Empire changed over time.
Compare and contrast Eastern and Western Roman Empires.
Materials
Procedures
Students watch all broadcasts.
While watching, students utilize a rubric to grade the broadcasts.
Discussion topic to follow the broadcasts.
Homework
Imagine if there were a time machine and you could visit one of these Eastern Roman Emperors. You could ONLY observe. Who would you want to observe, and why? Write a journal of what you observed while visiting.
Assessment

John J. Pettorino

mr_pettorino@yahoo.com

Bayside High School
3224 Corporal Kennedy St.
Bayside, NY 11361

I am a second-year Social Studies at Bayside High School. I have found that students enjoy learning with technology in the form of projects and I attempt to incorporate as many cooperative technology projects as possible in the classroom.


Important documents for this lesson plan.

the other roman empire.doc
WebQuest Summary Sheet.doc
Skit Development Sheet.doc
Teacher Rubric.doc
Newsday Article.doc

 

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