Ancient Rome

Lesson 10

Objective

Describe what the chapter “The Eternal City” is mostly about and why the structures described were important in Ancient Rome. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Ancient Rome and Pompeii: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #13 by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce (April 2006)  pp. 24 – 37

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Target Task

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Multiple Choice

Read the following sentence from page 26.

“In fact, the Romans invented concrete around 200 BC.”

Now read another sentence from page 27.

“Workers made concrete by mixing cement, sand, gravel, and water together.”

How is the second sentence connected to the first sentence?

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Writing Prompt

Explain why the chapter is titled “The Eternal City.”

What buildings and structures were important in Rome? Why?

Mastery Response

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Key Questions

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  • Rome is known as the Eternal City. What decisions did the Romans make nearly 2,500 years ago that allowed for the city to last so long?
  • What is concrete? How did the invention of concrete lead to the glory of Rome?
  • What was the section "The Colosseum" mostly about? How is it structured? How does it build a reader's understanding of why Rome was called the Eternal City?
  • What was the section "Aqueducts" mostly about? How is it structured? How does it build a reader's understanding of why Rome was called the Eternal City?
  • Spiral the same questions for each section.
  • How do the photographs help a reader better understand Roman architecture?

Vocabulary

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eternal     (adj.)

lasting forever

sturdy     (adj.)

strong

exquisite     (adj.)

finely done or made

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Common Core Standards

  • RI.3.2 — Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

  • RI.3.7 — Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

Spiral Standards

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L.3.4

RF.3.3

RF.3.4

RI.3.1

RI.3.10

RI.3.4

RI.3.5

SL.3.1

W.3.10