Roman Myths

Lesson 17


Defend if Romulus and Remus’s desire for power had a positive or negative impact on their lives.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Classic Starts: Roman Myths by Diane Namm  — “Romulus and Remus”

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

Did Romulus and Remus’s desire for power have a positive or negative impact on their lives? Defend why.

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Key Questions


  • Describe King Amulius. How did he treat others? Explain.
  • Why does the author include the description, "It was clear that these boys were meant to grow up to become great leaders"? What is the author trying to show?
  • Why did Faustulus tell the boys where they came from? Was this a smart decision? Defend why or why not.
  • How did Numitor respond to Romulus and Remus? Why?
  • In what ways were Romulus and Remus "true to their word" with Numitor?
  • What caused the brothers' relationship to change?
  • How did Romulus convince people to come to his city?



banished     (v.)

sent away or kicked out

outcast     (n.)

a person who is not accepted by others

imprisoned     (v.)

put in prison

injustice     (n.)

unfair treatment

helpless     (adj.)

not protected

restless     (adj.)

unable to relax

disbelief     (n.)

when you can't believe something is real

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.3.3 — Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

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