Julius Caesar, the Supplement Descriptions —

NEXUS CONNECTS: Julius Caesar Virtual Supplements and Lessons with Worksheets:

These ONLINE Common-Core aligned Julius Caesar supplements, although designed to be extensions of the NEXUS book Julius Caesar and Ancient Rome, from Republic to Empire, can also be taught independently of the book. For details see below.

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Julius Caesar Supplements 1 – 3

Solar Heating in Ancient Rome

This supplement (by Vernard Foley, Historian of Technology, Purdue University and contributor to Scientific American) explores solar heating in Ancient Rome and includes a worksheet with questions concerning the pragmatic politics that drove ancient Romans to rely, in part, on solar power and mechanical questions regarding applications (examined in the supplement) of solar heating in Roman homes and buildings. Samples of questions:

  • What Roman law(s) were passed to guarantee that each home and building had optimal access to the sun?
  • How could Roman solar heating methods be utilized today to reduce fossil fuel consumption and lower heating bills in the winter?

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COMMON CORE STANDARDS MET WITH THIS LESSON:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text’s explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.

Spartacus, Gladiator General

This exciting supplement introduces students to a critical chapter of Roman history just prior to the rise of Caesar and examines resistance to slavery in Ancient Rome. It includes a worksheet with ten questions and an assignment in which students act as ancient journalists, reporting from one of the battle fronts visited in the supplement. 

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Seneca’s Influence on Shakespeare

This supplement (with worksheet) explores the complex influences of Seneca on Shakespeare and other Renaissance playwrights and thinkers. For advanced students. Written by Dr. Tom Bishop, author of Shakespeare and the Theatre of Wonder (Cambridge University Press).

For INSTANT ACCESS to this online JULIUS CAESAR Supplement & Lesson

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COMMON CORE STANDARDS MET WITH THIS LESSON:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1

Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.8

Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.10

Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

Shakespeare Study Hall (Coming Soon)

A NEXUS cartoon by Phil Newman of a passage from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Tackling the Figurative Language in Shakespeare’s Plays (SHAKESPEARE STUDY HALL – COMING SOON)

In the online SHAKESPEARE STUDY HALL students explicate Shakespeare’s figurative language using graphic tools that help them to identify antithesis, parallelism, oxymoron, etc. The language is made clear and entertaining with cartoons that SHOW what Shakespeare SAYS.

The SSH is divided into three rooms – brain workout rooms: 1) the Romeo and Juliet Room; 2) the Macbeth Room; and 3) the Julius Caesar Room. Each year students’ facility with Shakespeare’s figurative language will greatly improve as they advance to the higher numbered rooms and tackle increasingly challenging exercises – or mental aerobics. As students acquire mastery over Shakespeare’s language, their reading and critical thinking skills will dramatically improve in literature and all other subjects.

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