The Baths of Ancient Rome
Grade Levels: 6 - 8
Students take a virtual tour of the elegant baths of Caracella and learn why
the baths were more than just a place to bathe for the ancient Romans.
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OBJECTIVES use vocabulary related to ancient Rome.
learn the history of the ancient Roman baths.
learn what the baths teach us about daily life in ancient Rome.
understand the complexity and richness of ancient Roman life.
MATERIALSActivity worksheet: The Roman Baths
Website: A Day
at the Baths (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lostempires/roman/day.html)
PROCEDURESIntroduce key vocabulary: aqueduct, communal,
courtyard, opulent, sauna, tablet, toga, vendor.
Have students work individually or with partners to complete The
Roman Baths activity worksheet after they explore A
Day at the Baths (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lostempires/roman/day.html).
Set up a time when students can share the information they discovered.
ASSESSMENTUse the Scoring Guide rubric to assess students'
understanding of the baths of ancient Rome.
EXTENSION ACTIVITIESAfter learning about the social life of ancient Rome, have students visit the
website (http://www.emory.edu/CARLOS/ODYSSEY/ROME/dailypri.html) to learn about the
Roman's homes and private lives.
Encourage students to pretend they are living in ancient Rome and write
journal entries for one week, describing both their public and private daily
lives. Have students read their journals aloud to the rest of the class.
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