I’m taking a slightly different tactic with the study of Ancient Rome than I did with Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece. While I’ve been happy with the summaries Captain Science has produced, I’d like to guide him towards exploring slightly more difficult concepts within his chapters, encouraging him to really delve into logic-stage learning. Towards that end, instead of a list of vocabulary words and a summary of Captain Science’s choosing, I will now give him a list of essential questions (probably between 1-3, depending on the length of the chapter) for each chapter. As he reads through the chapter, he should look for information pertaining to those questions, and write a paragraph to answer them. Questions may be along the lines of “Who was [such and such] and what important changes did he make in [place]?” or “If you were a slave in [ancient empire], describe what your day might be like.”
Here is my tentative lesson plan for Ancient Rome.