Focus: This unit (Unit 2 for schools using the CKHG series in Sequence grade-level order) begins by providing background information on the geography of the Mediterranean region. Students are introduced to Roman mythology (including the legend of Romulus and Remus), daily life in early Rome, the Roman Republic, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Caesar Augustus, the Roman Empire, Pompeii, and the rise of Christianity. They learn about ancient Rome’s lasting contributions in political ideas and institutions, architecture, and literature. Students also investigate historical sources, compare and contrast rulers, and write an essay on the rise and fall of Rome.
Number of Lessons: 16
Lesson Time: 30 minutes each daily. Lessons may be combined into longer sessions.
Additional Search Terms: social studies • geography • map skills • nonfiction • informational text • primary source documents • Roman myths • Roman architecture
CKHG Grade Levels: CKHG units are correlated to topics at the grade levels specified in the Core Knowledge Sequence, which allows students in schools following the Sequence to build knowledge grade by grade. In other settings, individual CKHG units may be used as supplemental resources. In general, the content and presentation in the CKHG units for Grades 3-5 are appropriate for young readers from the upper elementary grades through middle school.