Elements of ancient Rome exist in our daily lives and are visible throughout our modern infrastructure, government, and culture. Similar to our modern world, the Romans held cultural events, built and stocked libraries, and provided health care. People gathered in town centers to read news on stone tablets and the children attended school. The government passed laws that protected its citizens. Have students develop a KWL chart to find out what they know about ancient Rome, what they want to learn, and what they find out. Split the class into three groups and invite each group to research life in ancient Rome. Once the groups have finished their research, facilitate a class discussion on their findings. Complete and review the KWL chart with the class. Then, as a whole class, review the infographic. Review with students the connections between ancient Rome and modern life that the infographic displays. Ask students to think of one to two additional examples of traces of ancient Rome that they can see in their community. Then, ask students to write a short essay that addresses the following questions:
- Why have ancient Rome’s influences lasted to inspire modern societies?
- Where have modern societies improved on Rome’s ancient designs, or are there still areas for improvement?
- How do students believe these influences will be affected in the future, especially in the context of the digital revolution occurring worldwide?