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Activity Overview


Using a G.R.A.P.E.S. Chart to organize information about Ancient Civilizations is a useful tool to enhance students' analysis of the characteristics and contributions of a society. Going further and including visuals helps students to better retain the details of each category.

When learning about Ancient Civilizations, students may need teachers to provide a variety of resources. The use of diverse resources such as primary sources, videos, songs, readings from textbooks, encyclopedias and literature can be helpful for students to gain an accurate and complete picture of the time period. Students can use graphic organizers to write notes about the different categories as they learn.

In this activity students will create a G.R.A.P.E.S. chart that illustrates what they have learned about Ancient Rome. They will examine geography, religion, achievements, politics, economics, and social structure.

There are different acronyms that can be helpful when analyzing ancient civilizations, and you can customize the template based on which version you'd like to use with students. These include:

  • P.I.R.A.T.E.S.: Political, Intellectual, Religion, Artistic, Technological, Economic, Social Structure
  • P.E.R.S.I.A.N.: Political, Economic, Religion, Social, Intellectual, Arts, Near (Geography)
  • G.R.E.A.T.S.: Government, Religion, Economics, Arts / Culture, Technology, Inventions & Achievements, Social System

Please note: Further activities in this lesson plan use spider maps to expand on each category.

By focusing on just one category, students are encouraged to include more information and should complete 3-6 cells. Students can come together after they’ve created their storyboards to share what they’ve learned. The full G.R.A.P.E.S. Chart can be used as a post assessment after students have presented.


Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)



Due Date:

Objective: Create a chart that describes the different aspects of Ancient Rome: Geography, Religion, Achievements, Politics, Economy, and Social Structure. To find art and characters related to Ancient Rome, type "Rome" into the search box in the Storyboard Creator.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Write a 1-3 sentence description of each cell.
  3. Create an illustration that represents each category using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Save and exit when you're done.

Requirements: Minimum of 4-6 cells showcasing different aspects of Ancient Rome. Appropriate scenes to illustrate each category. 1-3 sentence description for each cell demonstrating your understanding.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/B] Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

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