Teacher guide Imagining ancient Rome

TLF ID M013226

This is a unit of inquiry made up of 12 learning sequences for year 7 in the English for the Australian Curriculum resource. Each learning sequence contains a series of resources, suggested activities to carry out with students and a post-activity reflection. This unit of inquiry allows students to explore how life in ancient Rome has been represented and imagined, using a range of resources such as the novel 'The Assassins of Rome', the picture book 'Rome Antics', the factual text 'DK Eyewitness: Ancient Rome', the hybrid texts 'A Visitor's Guide to Ancient Rome' and 'The Roman News', and an anthology of illustrated poetry: 'Shapeshifters: Tales from Ovid’s Metamorphoses'.

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Educational value
  • This unit of work has multiple elaborations in sequences for year 7 content descriptions across the Language, Literature and Literacy strands and sub-strands of the Australian Curriculum: English, and for the Historical Knowledge and Understanding strand of the Australian Curriculum: History.
  • The resource contains a range of activities and tasks, supported by worksheets across sequences, with a formative assessment task based on a reflective journal and a summative assessment task in developing a factual and a fictional text about ancient Rome. Links to relevant Curriculum content descriptions are provided for activities within sequences, summarised in a table format with links to elaborations in unit content, and are mapped on the website in overview tables for each unit, along with links to sequences for Cross-curriculum priorities and General capabilities.
  • The resource will help students attain the achievement standard for the year 7 in which students understand how text structures can influence the complexity of a text and are dependent on audience, purpose and context.
  • While the unit does not thematically link to a Cross-curriculum priority, there is a focus throughout on the general capabilities of Literacy, Critical and creative thinking and Personal and social capability. Some sequences provide the opportunity to explore Ethical behaviour, and in several sequences students use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) resources.
  • The teaching sequences within this resource refer to or are based upon the texts 'DK Eyewitness: Ancient Rome' by James Simon, 'A Visitor's Guide to Ancient Rome' by Leslie Sims et al, 'The Assassins of Rome' by Caroline Lawrence, 'Shapeshifters: Tales from Ovid's Metamorphoses', by Adrian Mitchell and Alan Lee, and 'Rome Antics' by David Macaulay.
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  • Name: Australian Association for the Teaching of English
  • Organization: Australian Association for the Teaching of English
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  • Name: Australian Literacy Educators’ Association
  • Organization: Australian Literacy Educators’ Association
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  • URL: http://www.alea.edu.au/
  • Name: Primary English Teaching Association Australia
  • Organization: Primary English Teaching Association Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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