Lesson plan based on Hadrian
Design and compare monuments that honor an imaginary Roman emperor and a future American president.
Skills and Focus: Cultural Comparisons, Studio, Analysis
Subject Area: Social Science
Thematic Connection: Comparing Cultures
Grade Level: Elementary School
Time Needed: 30-40 minutes
Compare the attributes of Roman rulers with those of American presidents.
Instructional Materials Needed
Story: Portraits of Roman Emperors
Step 1: Distribute the worksheet. Explain to students that portraits of Roman emperors were seen on coins, buildings, and as sculptures in public squares throughout the empire. Ask students where they are likely to see portraits of past and present U.S. presidents. Then tell students to fill out the worksheet, describing how emperors and presidents are alike and how they are different.
Step 2: Have each student describe and/or draw his or her own monument honoring an imaginary Roman emperor and a past or present U.S. president. Ask students to explain how the monuments reflect the attributes of the person being honored.
This activity meets Illinois State Goal 16: Understand and analyze events, trends, individuals, and movements shaping the history of Illinois, the United States, and other nations.
Comparing Emperors and Presidents
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