Ancient Rome

Lesson 7

Objective

Describe the three groups of people in ancient Rome and explain why they were important for the success of the civilization. 

Readings and Materials

  • Article: “Roman Class Structure” 

  • Book: Ancient Rome and Pompeii: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #13 by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce (April 2006)  pp. 19 – 23

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Target Task

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Multiple Choice

How do the headings “Powerful Patricians,” “Second-Class Plebeians," and “Lowly Slaves" help readers better understand the information in the article?

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Writing Prompt

Describe the three groups of people in ancient Rome. Defend why each group was equally important for the success of the civilization.

Mastery Response

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Key Questions

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  • Why does the author use the word “powerful” to describe the patricians?
  • Why does the author use the word “second-class” to describe the plebeians?
  • Compare and contrast plebeians and patricians.
  • Why does the author use the word “lowly” to describe slaves?
  • What is the main idea of the section? What key details support the main idea?

Vocabulary

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resent     (v.)

to be angry or upset about something that is unfair

rights     (n.)

a legal entitlement to have or do something

privileges     (n.)

rights and benefits given to some people and not to others

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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.3.5 — Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

Spiral Standards

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L.3.4

L.3.6

RF.3.3

RF.3.4

RI.3.1

RI.3.4

RI.3.7

SL.3.1

W.3.10