Ancient Roman Geography and Legends

Ancient Roman Geography and Legends

The Cunning History Teacher lesson plan on Ancient Roman Geography and Legends is an engaging look at the ancient history of Italy and the legends that shaped the Roman identity. The lesson begins by providing an overview of Italian geography, including the location and characteristics of important rivers, mountains, and regions. This helps students understand the physical context in which ancient Rome was founded and how it shaped the city’s development.

The main focus of the lesson is the Legend of Romulus and Remus, the twin brothers who, according to legend, were suckled by a she-wolf and went on to found Rome. The lesson covers different versions of the legend and its significance in Roman culture. Students will have the opportunity to compare and contrast different versions of the legend and discuss how it reflects the values and beliefs of the Romans.

In addition, students will engage in a mapping activity where they will learn about the different regions of Italy and the important cities and landmarks that were part of the Roman Empire. This activity will help students understand the extent of Roman control and the cultural and political influences that shaped the empire.

The lesson also mentions the Roman gods and goddesses. A discussion could be had in the classroom on how the gods were associated with the city’s foundation and its early history. The lesson will help students to understand the importance of myths and legends in ancient cultures and how they shape the identity and history of a people.

To help students engage with the material and think critically, the lesson plan includes a series of activities that encourage active learning. These activities, such as comparing and contrasting different versions of the legend of Romulus and Remus, and the mapping activity, provide students with the opportunity to explore different aspects of the topic in a hands-on and interactive way, and to develop their critical thinking skills. Overall, Ancient Roman Geography and Legends lesson plan is a valuable resource for teachers looking to provide students with a thorough understanding of the geography, legends and culture of ancient Rome.

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Resource Information

Description:Student activities include comparing and contrasting different versions of the legend of Romulus and Remus. A mapping activity is also included.
Estimated lessons:1-2
Ages11-14 years
Format PowerPoint

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