Ancient Rome is the ninth and final unit in the Ancient History course. From the founding myths of Rome to the fall of the Republic to the fall of the western Roman Empire, this unit covers the whole scope of Roman history. It also includes a section on Christianity, a religion that formed within the borders of the Roman Empire.
This book is for adult mentors to use as a resource when planning lessons, not a textbook for students.
This unit has sections on:
- Roman Republic
- Roman Empire
Layers of Learning is activity-based and this unit guide includes many hands-on ways to learn about Ancient Rome. Here are a few things you will find to do inside this unit:
- Make masks and retell the story of the founding of Rome
- Read “Horatius at the Bridge” and memorize a section of it
- Make a booklet about the legend of the Capitoline Geese
- Color a map of the expanding Roman Republic
- Paint a portrait of Scipio Africanus, the great Roman general
- Design your own War of Actium game board
- Design your own Roman house with atrium, peristylum, tablinum, triclinium, cubicula, and more
- Make a simple paper model of the Colosseum
- Make a Roman soldier costume
- Assemble a book about the life of Jesus from famous paintings
- Cut and paste fighting robots as you learn about the Nicaean Council
- And much more!
Layers of Learning History units include Library Lists of books on the topic, a family read-aloud suggestion, hands-on activities, printables and paper crafts, sidebars for extra learning, and tools to help you assess your student’s progress and mastery. Learn more about how Layers of Learning works.
This is a view of a two page spread from Ancient Rome:
On these two pages you can see an Exploration about the founding of Rome. The colored smilies tell you this activity is for all ages. But there are options for middle grades and high schoolers towards the end of the Exploration.
There are sidebars like these on every page of the unit as well. You can use the sidebars as extras anywhere you like. The unit book is meant as a guide for the mentor in planning lessons, not a textbook for the student. So the mentor picks which explorations and which sidebars to use.
This unit was written to be used for a month but contains plenty of content for many more weeks of learning if you choose. This is a pick-and-choose curriculum, meant to be cycled back to in the future when your child is older. As such, it intentionally includes far more material than you can possibly cover in a month.
Ancient Rome is also part of the overall Ancient History course, the first Year of the four year Layers of Learning History cycle. If you use the program in order, it will take you through the history of the world from ancient times through the 21st century. However, each unit stands alone and can be used independently of any other unit.
This unit comes with a downloadable Printable Pack that includes all the student worksheets. The printables can be copied as many times as needed for your family or class.
You can download the Printable Pack from your receipt or from your account at Layers of Learning.
This unit comes with extra weblinks and a YouTube video playlist on the Ancient History Resources page.