Six lesson sequence on the Roman Republic

Teaching the Roman Republic

The Roman Republic transformed much of the ancient world and has had a lasting impact in our lives today.
Open Stage has created a 6-lesson sequence for teaching about the Republic. This complements a subsequent unit about the Roman Empire. 

By the end of the unit, students will be able to answer the key enquiry question: How did Rome become the most powerful empire in the ancient world?

What was 'Ancient Rome'?

The first lesson starts with an overview of 1,000 years of ancient Rome giving students the framework of the three phases: The Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic, and the Roman Empire (the Empire is covered in the next unit).

In Lesson 2, students learn about the Roman Kingdom and the founding myths, including Romulus and Remus.

Lessons 3 and 4 teach students the political structures in the Roman Republic as well as the military victories that led to the takeover of the Italian Peninsula and then the Mediterranean Sea. Students hear historian perspectives about the unique policies of the Roman Republic that may have given the state an advantage, including the policy of giving citizenship to conquered enemies.

In Lesson 5, students answer the unit enquiry question: How did Rome become the most powerful empire in the ancient world? We talk about causal arguments and practice constructing them with the knowledge students have from lessons 1-5.

The final lesson, Lesson 6, tells the story of Julius Caesar and how his assassination is intertwined with the fall of the Roman Republic.

Aligned to the Australian Curriculum

This sequence of six lessons is aligned to the Australian Curriculum version 9.0. This sequence will also work if you are still using the old version of the curriculum. 

Our Unit Guide has a larger table for both versions of the curriculum with checkmarks to note where each lesson is aligned. 

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