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Ch 6: The Roman Empire and Cultural Legacies: Middle School World History Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Roman Empire and Cultural Legacies chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about the early Christian church, Judaism in the Roman empire, the fall of Rome and other topics. 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 Roman Empire and Cultural Legacies 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.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Christianity, Judaism and the early Roman Empire Christian and biblical authors;
The formation of the Second Triumvirate;
The differences between Christianity and Judaism
Tuesday The continuation and fall of the Roman Empire The Plague of Cyprian and the 3rd Century Crisis;
The legalization of Christianity;
The reasons for the fall of Rome
Wednesday Roman art, architecture and engineering The use of concrete, brick and mortar in Roman architecture;
The characteristics of Roman sculpture and mosaics
Thursday Legacies of Roman art, architecture, technology and science The use of arches and domes in Roman construction;
The building of Roman roads and the utilization of concrete
Friday Legacies of Roman literature, language and law The legal system, literature and official language of the Romans

10 Lessons in Chapter 6: The Roman Empire and Cultural Legacies: Middle School World History Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism

1. The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism

This lesson will explore the early Christian Church and its close connection to Judaism. It will highlight the similarities of these two faiths in reference to the Holy Scriptures while also exploring their disagreement over the person of Jesus Christ.

The Early Roman Empire and the Reign of Augustus Caesar

2. 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.

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

3. 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 Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity

4. The Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity

This lesson will explain the conversion of Constantine and the ascent of Christianity. In doing this, it will highlight the Edict of Milan and the famous Council of Nicaea.

The Fall of Rome

5. 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.

Roman Engineering and Architecture

6. Roman Engineering and Architecture

This lecture covers Roman advances in architecture and engineering. First, Rome's debt to Greece is explored. Next, Roman advances in material science are enumerated: cement, mortar and concrete. After that, we will look at a few distinctly Roman techniques: the arch and the dome.

Roman Art: History, Characteristics & Style

7. Roman Art: History, Characteristics & Style

This lesson offers a basic outline of Roman art. We begin by examining the Greek roots of Roman art. Then, we look at the three predominant forms of Roman art: sculpture, murals and mosaics.

Legacies of Roman Art & Architecture

8. Legacies of Roman Art & Architecture

In this lesson, you'll explore the legacy of art and architecture from the powerful Roman Empire, which influences our ideas about style to this day. Afterward, you can test your understanding of the ancient world with a quiz.

Legacies of Roman Technology & Science

9. Legacies of Roman Technology & Science

In this lesson, you will explore the legacies of Roman technology and science, legacies that still influence us to this day. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Legacies of Roman Literature, Language & Law

10. Legacies of Roman Literature, Language & Law

In this lesson, you will explore the legacies of Roman language, called Latin, and the literature and law they used that language to create. Then, test your understanding about the ancient Romans with a brief quiz.

Chapter Practice Exam
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