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Dark Age of Chaos Challenge - Fall of Rome
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Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Activity
Standards Alignment

About This Lesson

This is a middle school exercise I developed and tested this spring in which students, after reading about the fall of Rome in their textbooks, are asked to think about where they'd settle if they were fleeing Rome in 476, A.D.  The idea for this grew out of a question posed to me when I was in school in the 1970s by one of my social studies teachers as part of a year-end lesson on the fall of Rome.  This lesson combines 'the five themes of geography' with some historical thinking and asks students to identify a location, justify their choice, and plan for how to get there.

I welcome constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement. Thank you for giving this exercise a test drive.  I hope that you and your students enjoy it.

Common Core standards for history and geography are listed for your use.



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April 22, 2020
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Locate the major landforms, rivers and climate regions of the Eastern Hemisphere.
Using historic and modern maps, locate three major empires of this era, describe their geographic characteristics including physical features and climates, and propose a generalization about the relationship between geographic characteristics and the development of early empires.
Use, interpret, and create maps and graphs representing places and regions in the era being studied.


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