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FC: The Roman Republic and Empire


12 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions

Grade: 4th Grade

Weeks: 2.5

Pages: 98

Standards: 4.1 - 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8, 4.11, 4.12, 4.17, 4.17a, 4.17b, 4.17a, 4.17c, 4.17d, 4.17e, 4.17f, 4.17g, 4.17h

File Type: pdf

Slide Deck Included: Yes

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Product SKU: PEDFC441


For nearly a millennium, the Roman Republic and Empire have had a profound impact on world history, and continue to influence people today. In this topic, students examine how representative democracy developed in Rome, and how and why it eventually collapsed into empire and dictatorship.

12 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions

Lessons are developed using all the sources and readings that are in the social studies course frameworks provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.

What’s included:

  1. Detailed lesson plans aligned with the standards and frameworks
  2. Activities that include all the materials provided in the frameworks
  3. Assessments aligned to the new LDOE field test (ASSESSMENT Will BE ADDED IN AN UPDATE)
  4. Lesson activity workbook/worksheets
  5. Slide deck


  • 4.17 Describe the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of ancient Rome.
  • 4.17a Identify and locate the geographic features of ancient Rome, including the Mediterranean Sea, Italian Alps, Rome, Italian Peninsula, and the Tiber River.
  • 4.17b Explain how the geographic location of ancient Rome contributed to its political and economic growth in the Mediterranean region and beyond.
  • 4.17c Describe the class system of ancient Rome, including the roles and rights of patricians, plebeians, and enslaved people in Roman society.
  • 4.17d Describe the polytheistic religion of ancient Rome and its connection to ancient Greek beliefs.
  • 4.17e Describe the characteristics of Julius Caesar’s rule, including his role as dictator for life.
  • 4.17f Explain the influence of Augustus Caesar, including the establishment of the Roman Empire and its expansion during the Pax Romana.
  • 4.17g Describe how innovations in engineering and architecture contributed to Roman expansion, including the role of: aqueducts, domes, arches, roads, bridges, and sanitation.
  • 4.17h Describe the fall of the Western Roman Empire, including difficulty governing its large territory, political, military, and economic problems.

Framing Question

How did The Roman Republic Become an Empire?

Supporting Questions

  1. Why was the success of Rome and its lands dependent on the success of the Roman army?
  2. What were the Punic Wars and what was the end result?
  3. How would you describe the character of Julius Caesar, and what brought about his fall from power?
  4. Why might Augustus have wanted to glorify Rome?
  5. Why was Christianity considered to be dangerous to the Roman Empire?
  6. What do the ruins of Pompeii tell us about life in ancient Rome?
  7. What caused the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire?




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