Agenda: Tuesdsay, October 27, 2009

Quote of the Day:  (From the movie - "Gladiator")
Commodus: Yes...the greatness of Rome. And what is that?
Lucilla: It's an idea. Greatness...greatness is a vision.
Commodus: Exactly, a vision. Do you not see, Lucilla? I will give the people a vision and they will love me for it. They will soon be tired of the sermonizing of a few, dry, old men. I will give them the greatest vision of their lives. 
Learning Targets:

  • Explain how the geography of Italy, The Mediterranean Area, and Rome led to the development of early Rome.  The narrow Italian peninsula was an important crossroads, and farmland was plentiful. Rome itself was strategically situated inland on hills along the Tiber River.
  • Explain how new technological advancements help the spread of the Roman culture and control of the Mediterranean world. 
  • In the late sixth century the Romans overthrew the Etruscan kings based north of Rome and established a republic. Wealthy patrician landowners in the Roman Senate dominated the early republic.
1.  CNN Student News (15 min) - We'll watch today's episode of CNN Student News and write 2x2's.  Two sentence to summarize two different stories.  Then we will discuss briefly.
2.  Mr. Duez's reflections on yesterday's Philosophical Chairs Discussion - "Where would you rather life - Athens or Sparta?"
3.  We will introduce Chapter 5 "The Roman Empire" and begin notes.
Mr. Duez will pass out the Targets for Chapter 5 Roman Empire.

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