Julius Caesar: Hero or Tyrant?

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Some of Julius Caesar's fellow Romans saw him as a benevolent, heroic leader, while others could only view him as a self-serving tyrant. High schoolers survey popular opinions of Caesar, including a passage written from two different perspectives, before writing an opinion essay on where they believe the ruler should be regarded in history.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Connect the assignment between world history and language arts when learners are reading Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
  • Use as a final, independent writing assessment at the end of a unit or semester
  • Allow class members to expand their research beyond the given sources
Classroom Considerations

  • Rubric is general; consider augmenting the project with a more thorough rubric
Pros

  • All necessary reading passages and brainstorming worksheets are attached
Cons

  • None