Ch 11: Fall of Rome High School World History Lesson Plans

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The Fall of Rome chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the issues and people responsible for the demise of the Roman Empire in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Fall of Rome chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Early Roman Empire;
The Aeneid;
Augustus' Propagandists
Overview of the empire's start, the reign of Augustus Caesar;
Overview of this epic work;
How Virgil, Horace and Ovid aided Augustus
Tuesday Julio-Claudian Dynasty emperors;
The Year of the Four Emperors and the Flavian Dynasty;
The Five Good Emperors and the Nervan-Antonine Dynasty
The reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero;
The reigns of Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, Titus, Domitian;
Reigns of Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius
WednesdaySeveran Dynasty emperors;
Division of the empire
Septimius Severus, Caracalla, Geta, Macrinus, Heliogabalus, Alexander Severus;
The 3rd Century Crisis and the Tetrarchy of Diocletian
ThursdayFall of Rome;
St. Augustine's City of God
Reasons for the fall, impact on the world;
St. Augustine's work and impact on the church
FridayEarly Christian art\;\Early Christian architectureArt history, symbolism and characteristics;
Examples, history and characteristics of architecture

12 Lessons in Chapter 11: Fall of Rome High School World History Lesson Plans
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The Early Roman Empire and the Reign of Augustus Caesar

1. The Early Roman Empire and the Reign of Augustus Caesar

This lesson is about Augustus, the first emperor of Rome. In this lesson we follow Augustus's meteoric rise to power, the collapse of the Roman Republic, and the rise of the Roman Empire.

The Aeneid by Virgil

2. The Aeneid by Virgil

This lesson explores Virgil's 'Aeneid'. It consists of a brief plot synopsis. We stop along the way to look at a few important scenes and offer analysis where necessary.

Augustus' Propagandists: Virgil, Horace and Ovid

3. Augustus' Propagandists: Virgil, Horace and Ovid

This lesson explores the role of poetry in Augustus' rise to power. We look at the contributions of Virgil and Horace, two poets brought to Augustus' aid by his friend Maecenas. We also look at the legacy of Ovid, a poet who seems to have raised the emperor's ire.

Emperors of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty

4. Emperors of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty

This lesson will explain the soap opera-like reign of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty. Highlighting the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero, it will shed light on the Roman Empire's first ruling dynasty.

The Year of the Four Emperors & the Flavian Dynasty

5. The Year of the Four Emperors & the Flavian Dynasty

This lesson will explore the famous Flavian emperors: Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian. It will explain how this dynasty came to power during the Year of the Four Emperors. It will also highlight the details of each emperor's reign.

The Five Good Emperors of Rome & the Nervan-Antonine Dynasty

6. The Five Good Emperors of Rome & the Nervan-Antonine Dynasty

This lesson will identify the emperors of the Nervan-Antonine Dynasty. It will explain the rule of the Five Good Emperors of the era, while also highlighting the rule of Commodus, the last of the dynasty's emperors.

Emperors of the Severan Dynasty

7. Emperors of the Severan Dynasty

This lesson focuses on the Severan Dynasty, which ruled Rome from 193 CE to 235 CE. Although the lesson explains the military and social reforms of this dynasty, it also highlights the outlandish personalities of the individual rulers.

Division of the Roman Empire: Diocletian & the 3rd Century Crisis

8. Division of the Roman Empire: Diocletian & the 3rd Century Crisis

This lesson will explain the 3rd Century Crisis of the Roman Empire. It will focus on the political, civil and economic problems that caused the crisis, and will also highlight the role of Diocletian in the resolution of the crisis.

The Fall of Rome

9. The Fall of Rome

This lesson explains the gradual fall of Rome. In doing so, it highlights corruption, division, and outside invasion as the main reasons for the fall of the Eternal City.

St. Augustine's City of God

10. St. Augustine's City of God

This lesson explores the life of St. Augustine and one his most famous works, The City of God. As we explore this work, we'll highlight Rome's disdain for the Christian faith and Augustine's argument against Rome's religious position.

Early Christian Art: History, Characteristics & Symbolism

11. Early Christian Art: History, Characteristics & Symbolism

This lesson covers the development of early Christian art. We begin in the catacombs of Rome, looking at early Christian frescoes. We then move to later sarcophagi. A brief survey of early Christian mosaics follows, and we close with the fine art of illuminated manuscripts.

Early Christian Architecture: Examples, History & Characteristics

12. Early Christian Architecture: Examples, History & Characteristics

Christianity managed to exist for hundreds of years before becoming the official religion of Rome. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the early architecture of the Christian church.

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