Friday, January 30, 2015

WHI Day 18: The Fall of the Republic and Rise of Julius Caesar

Setting the Stage
As Rome enlarged its territory after the Punic Wars, its republican form of government grew increasingly unstable.  Eventually, the republic gave way to the formation of a mighty dictator-ruled empire that continued to spread Rome's influence far and wide.   
Activities                                                
1.  Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii
        a.  Students will read a detailed description of the eruption of Vesuvius
        b.  A computer generated recreation of the eruption will be viewed
2. Historymakers- Julius Caesar: General, Writer, Politician, Dictator-King?
        a.  Students will read a secondary source from the Roman poet Lucan that details
             Caesars appetite for success.  They will have 3 critical questions to answer.
        b.  Caesar Attachment
3.  Chapter 6.2 Reading Activity
        a.  Students have 12 questions to answer that will detail the fall of the Republic, forming of
             triumvirates, Caesar's rise and fall, and the expansion of an empire. 
        b.  Due at the end of class (time pending)
        c.  6.2 RA Attachment
Objectives
1.  Describe the rise and fall of Julius Caesar
2.  Understand the activities for the average Roman citizen.

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