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Grants: TeachNet Adaptors 2009
The Ancient Romans
Name: George Loiodice
School: HS Health Professions Human Services
Address: 345 E.15th Street
City: New York , NY, 10003
Email loiodice2@yahoo.com
Original Project: The Ancient Romans
Author: D. McDonnell
URL: http://teachnet.ie/dmcdonnell/

How did you modify this unit for use in your own classroom?: I used the images from this unit and added graphic organizers for notes and thematic essay outlines.

List your primary instructional objectives for your students.

  Students demonstrate their understanding of the geography of early Rome and how it led to the growth of an empire by taking notes, looking at maps and images and drawing a map of Early Rome.
  Students will demonstrate their understanding of Roman governments by listing, comparing and contrasting the 3 types of political systems found in Rome and how different groups of people made up the empire.
  Students will demonstrate their understanding of the vocabulary involved in a unit on the Roman Empire by completing a crossword puzzle.
  Students will demonstrate their understanding of the fall of the Roman Empire by taking notes using a graphing organizer and writing a thematic essay using The Frame as their outline.

What role did technology play in this curriculum unit?: I used Microsoft PowerPoint to create the Unit Organizer and several Frames.

How did you assess and evaluate student performance?: Students completed a thematic essay on Ancient Rome, a crossword and an exam consisting of only Regents Exam questions.

Please tell us briefly about your background & teaching experience: I have been teaching for 11 years, 8 in NYC, 2 in San Diego and 1 on Long Island. I teach Global Studies, US History and Special Education.

What are your recommendations for other teachers interested in adapting this unit?: You do not need to recreate the wheel. Many people have done what you need already and it's out there for us to use.


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