Researching real people and events helps to immerse people in the lives and circumstances of ancient times. Giving students this perspective helps them go beyond simply memorizing dates and names to acquire a more substantial and realistic view of the period. In this activity, students will create a narrative of a person or event relating to ancient Rome. Creating a narrative out of the events will help students understand what happened, who each person was, and how they impacted history.
Teachers can assign students specific people or events or give students a choice. Teachers may wish to provide resources such as books or the online encyclopedia Britannica for students to read about their person or event. Students can present their narratives to their classmates, sharing their knowledge and combining research, writing and, public speaking skills into one powerful assignment.
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Objective: Research a famous or notable person. Create a narrative storyboard that includes their birth, death and important events from their life. OR Research a famous event or legend from ancient Rome. Create a narrative storyboard which describes the major events in sequence.
Requirements: Person’s image, name, dates of birth/death, accomplishment, OR date of event and major details in order of occurrence.