Why did the Roman Empire collapse?

This outstanding lesson has been refined and field tested by experienced teachers. It is designed to help students assess which factors played a crucial role in the collapse of the Roman Empire. This resource is suitable for the full ability range and is a great way of rounding of a course with a fun and engaging activity which can be used as the focus for an assessment or extended piece of writing.

The lesson opens with either a snowballing or buzz and go starter. It then sets the scene for the decline of the Empire and looks at the roles played by internal civil wars, climate change, inflation, declining population, the Roman Army and the Barbarian invasions, in it’s final collapse. This is then followed up with a card sort activity and a possible thinking skills review triangle which can then be used by students to help write an extended piece of writing.

When you purchase this resource you will be able to download a single page word document and as well as a thirteen slide PowerPoint. The worksheet includes aims, instructions, six heading cards and fourteen statements that can be sorted under them as part of the main activity. The PowerPoint includes aims, objectives, differentiated outcomes, starters, plenaries, templates, information slides, historical sources to support the lesson. Please see the detailed preview that I have uploaded.

The aims and objectives of this lesson are:

Theme: The Roman Empire
Know: Why factors caused the collapse of the Roman Empire?
Understand: Why were the Barbarians forced to migrate into the Empire?
Evaluate: Which factor was the most important?
Skills: Change & Continuity, Source Cause, Consequence & Collaboration

WILF – What Am I Looking For?
Identify & describe: The different factors which caused the collapse of the Empire
Explain: Why were the Barbarians forced to migrate into the Roman Empire?
Analyse: Which factor was the most important?

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Created: Sep 19, 2019


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