Unit 8, Ancient Rome; Lesson 14: The Rise of the Byzantine Empire & Constantine

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

I.  Standard(s): 6.62

     A.  Clear Target: I can explain the division of the Roman empire into East and West, and identify the establishment of Constantinople as the capital by Constantine

     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 a presentation on Constantine and the Byzantine Empire.  When the students click the link for the presentation below, it will take them to GCR.  Once there, TSW select Rise of the Byzantine Empire and Constantine 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. In today’s lesson, 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. TSW write the answers directly underneath the questions. Here is the link: The Rise of the Byzantine Empire and Constantine

1.  N/A

            2. N/A

            3.  Lecture Questions: 

  1. Who was the first emperor of the Byzantine Empire?
  2. What did Constantine do to end the persecution of Christians?
  3. After Constantine reunited the Eastern and Western Roman Empires into one, what did he do?
  4. What is the main idea of close read number 1 from the presentation?
  5. What was the main idea of close read number 2 from the presentation?
  6. From close read number 2, what was Constantine’s goal, and what did he do to accomplish his goal?
  7. Why was Constantinople the most important city in the Byzantine Empire?
  8. What were the geographical advantages of Constantinople?
  9. What made it possible for Constantinople to be a center of trade?

     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 complete their notes using the presentation in section “D. Presentation of New Material.”

2. There are two close reads in the slide presentation that have been added to the Lecture questions (#5 and #6).

   G.  Closure:  TSW be able to answer the following question(s) in the next day’s class discussion: What caused Constantine to become a Christian?

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