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Build Rome in a Day
Take your class on a journey back in time to imperial Rome!


On this website, teachers will find the materials needed to engage their classes in an exciting, hands-on construction project.  The goal: build a scale model of Rome c. 320 CE.


Students will work individually or in groups of two or three to build monuments of ancient Rome at the peak of its grandeur.  Using small blueprints provided for each landmark, they will draw larger blueprints all to the same scale.  Using their blueprints along with images found on this website and in their own research, students will construct models of their monuments.  Because all structures will be built to the same scale, the class will be able to assemble the city according to the map provided ("build Rome in a day") on the day the projects are due.

Build Rome in a Day Lesson Plan
Build Rome in a Day Lesson Plan
About the Author

After receiving her bachelor’s degree at Williams College, Katie Ward has taught in independent schools in the Los Angeles and Pasadena areas since 1985.  While teaching, she earned her master’s degree in history at California State University Los Angeles.  She currently teaches sixth grade ancient  and medieval history, serves as the sixth grade dean, and coaches the middle school debate team.  She has also written classroom materials for Interact, a publisher of classroom simulations.

View her website Ancient & Medieval History Resources here.

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