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Jenna McWilliams
(Bloomington - United States)

I studied creative writing and published some poems. Then I decided to  get all up in education's grill. I'm currently a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences program at Indiana  University.
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Ancient Rome

The Soldiers of Rome

Lodestar Slideshow presentation on the Roman soldiers

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Ancient Rome

Fall of Rome Inquiry Lesson

This lesson guides students through the process of engaging in an inquiry-based exploration of the causes of the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire. It is written for a 9th grade class, but the data sets could be adjusted to accommodate younger or older students.

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Cloze: Roman History

A description of CLOZE activities and a sample.

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Roman Family Life

A Lodestar presentation covering the typical family life of Ancient Rome.

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Roman Family Life

A day in the life of a typical Roman family

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The Roman Army

An introduction to the Roman Army

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Assassinate Julius Caesar Group Project

Assassinate Caesar!

 

Your task will be to plan the perfect assassination of Julius Caesar, following the same guidelines that the conspirators would have done in 44 B.C.  Your assignment is not to predict how the conspirators really committed the murder, but to make an ideal plan for the assassination.  First, let’s review what you have going in your favor and what may foil your plot.


 

Conspirators:                                                                                     Friends of Caesar:

(Your Allies)                                                                                       (Your Enemies)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Possible Murder Locations:                                                     Possible Assassination Methods:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Few Points to Note from Acts I and II:

Some people dislike Caesar, but he’s very popular among the commoners. (I.i.)

Caesar is not afraid of anything, including death. (I.ii., II.iii.)

Brutus is popular among the people of Rome, but he doesn’t want to be Caesar. (I.ii.)

Perhaps Caesar is not as strong as he claims to be. (I.ii.)

Caesar distrusts Cassius. (I.ii.)

Caesar will be at the capitol on March 15. (I.iii., II.)

Caesar will be the only one killed by the conspirators. (II.i.)

Portia knows the plan. (II.iv.)

Other people may have learned about the conspiracy and are out to warn Caesar. (II.iii.)


 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Assignment:

Using the information from the play and historically accurate elements from 44 B.C., plot Caesar’s assassination.  Your plan must meet the following guidelines:

  • Give each conspirator a task

 

You must include the following items to make your plan clear:


 

In your group, make sure everyone has a job to do, and that no “manpower” is being wasted by poor delegation of duty.  I suggest that you begin by brainstorming the plot together before splitting up to do individual jobs.  You may want to assign one person to be your “Cassius” to keep the group on task. Other suggested duties could be:


 

Make everything clear and presentable.  When your group is finished with the plan, you will present it to the class, just as the leaders of the conspiracy would have had to present their plan to the group. Assign different members of your group to the tasks of explaining the process, holding up the diagrams, explaining the diagrams, and answering questions.  Your diagrams should be large enough for the class to see (on one of the giant post-its or paper from the rolls in the media center).


 

Grade:             10 points for group log and reflection

                        10 points for step-by-step instructions

                        10 points for diagrams/maps

                        10 points for presentation

Ancient Rome Today Short Video Tour

 

A YouTube video contributed by a traveler takes you to how Rome looks today, while looking at the ruins of ancient Rome.

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Britain Before The Romans

Lodestar presentation showing life in Britain before the Roman Invasion.

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The Invasion of Britain

Lodestar Presentation on the invasion of Britain by the romans in the form of a radio or TV broadcast.

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