Unit 8, Ancient Rome; Lesson 12: The Fall of Rome

Note:  TTW= The Teacher Will; TSW= The Students Will; GCR= Google Classroom 

I.  Standard(s): 6.62 Analyze the fall of the Western Roman Empire, including difficulty governing its large territory, political corruption, economic instability, and attacks
by Germanic tribes, and identify the continuation of the Eastern Roman Empire as the Byzantine Empire. 

     A.  Clear Target: I can analyze the fall of Western Rome and the reasons for its fall; and identify the continuation of the Roman Empire as the Byzantine Empire

     B.  Set: TTW start the class by having TS complete a bell ringer activity (C below) while TT takes care of admin things in the classroom (attendance and such).  After administrative tasks are complete,  and TS have had at least 5 minutes of class time for the bell ringer, TTW continue the class by reading the posted school and classroom rules. Next, TTW have a student give a classroom rule and the SOAR principle that it falls under.  This reinforces the rules in the students at the beginning of the class, and gets some critical thinking started.  After the rules, TTW tell some funny riddles to continue the critical thinking, and to get TS ready to learn.  TTW then read the clear target to TS and discuss any terms or concepts in the target that may need explaining.

          1. Interest Cue: The interest cue for the day is the bell ringer activity.  It is a GIMKIT over the day’s lesson.

          2.  Review: TTW assess if there needs to be a review of the previous day’s lesson.  If a review is needed, TTW have the students get out their notes and will review the material with them.

     C.   Bell Ringer: There is a GIMKIT over the day’s lesson. Here is the link.

     D.  Presentation of New Material: TSW go through presentations on the fall of Rome, the Byzantine Empire and Constantine over the next three class days.  When the students click the link for the presentation below, it will take them to GCR.  Once there, TSW select the Fall of Rome presentation and it will open a presentation screen.  In order to view the presentation, TSW need to select Open With, and then go to Google Slides from the top center of the screen. TSW follow along with the presentation and answer their lecture questions from D. 3. below by writing the questions, and then answering them on their own paper. Here is the link: The Fall of Rome

1.  N/A

            2. N/A

            3.  Lecture Questions: 

  1. What were the three main reasons that Roman empire fell?
  2. Explain how each reason led to the fall of Rome?
  3. How did 22 emperors in 50 years help lead to political confusion?
  4. Why would the lack of new slaves hurt the Roman economy?
  5. Why did food prices go up?
  6. What caused inflation in Rome?
  7. What impact did the decreasing slave population have on the fall of Rome?
  8. Why did the Roman government hire Germanic tribes to fight for them, and how did that affect Rome?
  9. What made the Eastern part of the Roman empire stronger than the Western part?

     E.  Guided Practice: TTW show the students how to get to the day’s presentation of new material and independent practice; and explain what they are doing to complete the day’s lesson.  TTW then choose a student at random to perform the same tasks.  Write a law…question and answer to get the writing started

    F.  Independent Practice (The assignments are due the next school day unless otherwise stated):  

1. TSW write and answer the questions from section D3 on their own paper and add it to their notes packets.

2. Answer the following questions: N/A

   G.  Closure:  TSW be able to answer the following question(s) in the next day’s class discussion: Why were the Germanic soldiers hired into the Roman army? How did Germanic Soldiers in the Roman Army impact Rome?

   H.  Assessment: Nearpod/CFUs/Discussion/Quiz

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