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.
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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:
What were some key inventions or contributions of ancient Rome in the areas of:
Please note: Further activities utilize spider maps to expand on each category. By focusing on just one category, students are encouraged to include more information. 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 pre or post assessment as well.
(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Copy Activity", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)
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.
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.
(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)