Ancient Rome WebQuest
An Internet WebQuest on Ancient Rome

created by Kim Cornelius

Introduction | The Task | The Process & Resources | Conclusion | HyperText Dictionary



Introduction

Your mission is to travel back in time to Ancient Rome, circe 100 b.c. In this webquest you will have a role to explore Ancient Rome as if you were there. You must utilize the web sites given to find out all you can about your role and Roman society. Your mission will be completed when all missions in your group are finished sucessfully and presented orally. Each person in the group will do an oral presentation on the area he/she has researched. You will also need to turn in a written summary of your presentation.




The Quest

The Ancient Romans lived thousands of years ago. Their lives were very different from our own. Yet, they were people just like we are. How is it possible for people to accept and encourage brutality as the Roman people did? Do you think this could ever happen to us? These are things we need to be aware of to protect our future.




The Process and Resources

Teacher Notes: This webquest is geared towards 6th grade students. It addresses California State Standards - History/Social Science numbers:
6.7.4 Recognize the influence of Julius Caesar and Augustus in Rome's transition from republic to Empire.
6.7.8 Identify the important Roman contributions in the arts, technology, and science, literature, language, and law.

Some of the following adaptations may be made to alter the webquest for children with different learning styles:
-Visual Learners - the teacher can provide a flow chart for the child to follow during the assignment. The child can then produce a poster with his/her conclusions versus an oral and written presentation.
-Kinesthetic Learners - Have this child prepare a model of the colosseum following the architecture research instead of an oral or written report.

Phase 1 - Background: Something for Everyone

Use the Internet information linked below to answer the basic questions of who? what? where? when? why? and how? Be creative in exploring the information so that you answer these questions as fully and insightfully as you can.

Phase 2 - Looking Deeper from Different Perspectives

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Individuals or pairs from your larger WebQuest team will explore one of the roles below.

2. Read through the files linked to your group. If you print out the files, underline the passages that you feel are the most important. If you look at the files on the computer, copy sections you feel are important by dragging the mouse across the passage and copying / pasting it into a word processor or other writing software.

3. Note: Remember to write down or copy/paste the URL of the file you take the passage from so you can quickly go back to it if you need to to prove your point.

4. Be prepared to focus what you've learned into one main opinion that answers the Big Quest(ion) or Task based on what you have learned from the links for your role.

role, job or perspective #1Farmer Julius

Use the Internet information linked below to answer these questions specifically related to role, job or perspective #1Farmer Julius:

1. Explain the role of women in ancient Rome.
2. Explain the role of men in ancient Rome.
3. How were Roman children educated?
4. How was Rome ruled?
5. Describe Julius Caesar's reign as Emperor.
6. Describe Augustus' reign as Emperor.
7. How did Rome's influence change through the reigns of Caesar and Augustus?

role, job or perspective #2Architect Titus

Use the Internet information linked below to answer these questions specifically related to role, job or perspective #2Architect Titus:

1. Why was the colosseum built?
2. What made the Colosseum and other Roman ampitheaters special?
3. Why has part of the Colosseum remained standing after so many years?
4. Why were Roman aqueducts and roads considered so advanced for their time?

role, job or perspective #3Jupiter or Juno, god or goddess

Use the Internet information linked below to answer these questions specifically related to role, job or perspective #3Jupiter or Juno, god or goddess:

1. Describe the gods and goddesses of Rome. Who were they and what were they believed to do?
2. Who were the overseers of religion in ancient Rome?
3. What were some of the religious rituals the Romans followed?
4. Why were the Romans tolerant of some other religions but hateful towards Christianity?
5. Contrast the Roman religion with Christianity today.

role, job or perspective #4Gladiator Stephen

Use the Internet information linked below to answer these questions specifically related to role, job or perspective #4Gladiator Stephen:

1. Describe what a gladiator is.
2. Who were gladiators?
3. How were gladiators trained?
4. What were the various forms of fighting for the gladiators?
5. Where and how did gladiators live?
6. What was the public perception of gladiators?
7. What was the venation?

Phase 3 - Debating, Discussing, and Reaching Consensus

You have all learned about a different part of Ancient Rome. Now group members come back to the larger WebQuest team with expertise gained by searching from one perspective. You must all now discuss what it was like during the Roman Empire. Each of you will bring a specific role to the answer. How is it possible for people to accept and encourage brutality as the Roman people did? Do you think this could ever happen to us? Use information, pictures, movies, facts, opinions, etc. from the Webpages you explored to convince your teammates of your opinion.

Phase 4 - Real World Feedback

You and your teammates have learned a lot by dividing up into different roles. Now's the time to put your learning into a letter you'll send out for real world feedback. Together you will write a letter that contains information and perspectives that you've gained. Here's the process:

1. Begin your letter with a statement of who you are and why you are writing your message to this particular person or organization.

2. Give background information that shows you understand the topic.

STATE THE TASK / QUEST(ION) AND YOUR GROUP'S ANSWER.

3. Each person in your group should write a paragraph that gives two good facts about your role. Make sure to be specific in both the information (like where you got it from on the Web) and the reasoning (why the information is important).

4. Have each person on the team proofread the message. Use correct letter format and make sure you have correctly addressed the email message. Use the link below to make contact. Send your message and make sure your teacher gets a copy.

Your Contact is: Kim Cornelius




Conclusion

Now you all know a lot more. Nice work. You should be proud of yourselves! How can you use what you've learned to see beyond the black and white of a topic and into the grayer areas? What other parts of Ancient Rome could still be explored? Remember, learning never stops.



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Last revised Sat Feb 28 23:16:53 US/Pacific 2004