NEXUS Connects: Julius Caesar and Ancient Rome. from Republic to Empire
ALL SUBJECTS LINKED TO ROME
The text in each chapter-lesson is…
LACED WITH DRAMATIC MINI NARRATIVES AND CAPTIVATING ANECDOTES THAT GRAB AND HOLD STUDENTS’ ATTENTION.
(SEE TEXT SAMPLES BELOW IN GREEN.)
NEXUS booklets are not written like the typical dry textbook.
EVERY PAGE ENGAGES and STIMULATES CRITICAL and CREATIVE THINKING.
NEXUS Cross-Curricular Connections in each Lesson Deepen Students’ Understanding of the Play and Period.
The lessons in Julius Caesar and Ancient Rome enable students to conquer Shakespeare’s figurative language without paraphrasing it. This interdisciplinary NEXUS volume includes a dramatic reenactment of the Battle of Philippi based on primary sources, an examination of partisan politics in post-Caesar Rome, the political role of the gladiatorial games, ancient art, and the physics of the catapult.
Supplements include “Solar Heating in Ancient Rome,” “Seneca’s Influence on Shakespeare,” and “Spartacus, the Gladiator General” (see Supplements Menu). Lesson Plans include “Caesar’s Last Mile – Writing Your Own Scene,” “Portia-Calpurnia Meetup (Writing Your Own Scene), “Comparing Battle of Philippi Accounts,” “The Real Caesar versus the Real Brutus,” and more (see Lesson Plans menu).
“CURRENT STUDIES are revealing that adolescents undergo major developmental changes in their BRAIN NETWORKS — that is, in how the different regions of their brains “talk” to one another, co-regulate, and coordinate….It is the networks’ interdependence that strengthens the rationale for a whole learner approach to education, and likely explains why, when done well, such an approach is so powerful. – EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP, May 2020
The Educational Leadership article goes on to state that the brain has three interdependent networks, one of which is driven by emotions. When this emotional network is NOT stimulated, which is often the case in academic learning environments with traditional textbooks, the other brain networks do not function as well. “One can think of the kids’ emotional engagement…as fueling motivated thinking, either concrete or abstract, like the outboard motor that both pushes the boat and steers it.” Part of the reason the NEXUS approach is so effective is because it not only connects disciplines, it also connects learning to students’ emotional and experiential networks (see The Harlem Renaissance text samples in green, the Julius Caesar text sample under “Lesson on Shakespeare’s Language and the Writings of Julius Caesar,” Antigone text samples: “Antigone’s Challenge: Democracy or Dictatorship” and “A Recipe for Tragedy: Aristotle and Oedipus Rex,” and the Macbeth sample text under “Lesson on Macbeth Themes: Fatal Passion and the War Within.”)
THE COLLEGE BOARD
“All NEXUS volumes emphasize the critical skills and analogical thinking that are crucial for success on the SAT.”
CLASSROOM NOTES PLUS, NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English)
“Each [NEXUS] volume…is a hybrid of a well-written interdisciplinary textbook and a lively, attractive magazine.”
Aligned with Common Core Standards. For secondary students.
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Photographs of Roman Arena in Nimes, France and Triumphal Arch in Orange, France by Gloria Wilder