On the go in Grade 7 – Week of May 23

Ancient Rome test – Tuesday, May 31…study guide was sent home last week, but see below for terms and topics to study (articles and paragraphs to read were also sent home within the study guide).

Permission slips will be coming home this week for a field trip to Camp Green Lake (my property near Gardom Lake) to have fun together based on activities from our novel study, Holes.

Holes – Our novel study has been lots of fun and it seems the students are enjoying the book. We are learning lots of new vocabulary words and a list to study will come home once we have finished reading the book for a vocabulary quiz (date TBD).

BMV – DUE May 27

1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

Health – check your emails with info about our next health topic… puberty!

Fun Day – will be this Friday, May 27th for the whole school (which is different than the peer mentoring “Thrilling Thun” event that will be held after school on the 31st)


Romulus and Remus: twin brothers who supposedly founded Rome 

Julius Caesar: skilled and powerful general who was murdered by members of the Senate (after fearing that he would gain too much power at their expense) 

Augustus: the first emperor of the Roman Empire who made many improvements to society 

Constantine: reigned over a major transition in the Roman Empire and was the first Emperor to convert to Christianity, making it legal to be a Christian. 

Republic: a state of the classical Roman civilization, run through public representation of the Roman people 

Dictator: a ruler with total power over a country, typically got control by force. 

Pax Romana: 200-year period of peace and stability within the Roman Empire 

Plebeians: common people 

Patricians: powerful and wealthy nobles 

Gladiator: a trained fighter who fought to the death in arenas like the Colosseum 

Forum: public meeting place in Rome 

Legion: organized groups of soldiers 

Province: a territory in Italy or wherever a Roman official had authority in the name of Rome. 

Christianity: a religion and belief based on the person and teachings of Jesus, based on the Bible as sacred scripture  

Aqueduct: channel that carried water into cities from the mountains 

Colosseum: building used for entertainment like gladiator fights 

12 Tables: The body of laws in Rome 

  • Technologies – roads, aqueducts, Colosseum – examples like these that we use today 
  • Government – how is the Canadian system similar to that of Ancient Rome? 
  • Christianity in Ancient Rome – how / why did Christianity spread during the time of the Roman Empire? 
  • Geography and location – benefits of location; what was the core of the Roman economy? 


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