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Hi! I have started teaching a unit on Ancient Rome to my 6th graders and the students seem to be responding well to my activities. However, there is one chapter I really cannot think of an activity for.

The beginnings of Christianity...since this is a public school I am only teaching the history aspect of it. To me the topic is so dry, and I am afraid of leaving them bored! On the other hand, I don't want to seem like I am preaching!

What are some appropriate activities or lesson ideas for teaching the beginnings of Christianity?? I tried finding a brainpop video or something similar but no luck! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!


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Try this site.
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http://rome.mrdonn.org/lessonplans/christianity.html
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I used to do a unit on world religions; and I approached each religion using the same basic framework:

Founder(s), Symbols, Sacred texts, Name of their God, primary areas where practiced, and major beliefs.

I made a slideshow that introduced Christianity ( Anew religion comes to Rome) using lego images I found on the web (bricktestament, I think)... I can send it to you if you send me a private message.
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A burned down city, people hiding in caves, a public execution, people used as torches, a Roman citizen freaking out his captors due to his citizenship and you think it is dry?!?! My kids love this section every year when we hit it. I don't even do an activity because they are so into the story I just tell it orally with projected pictures.
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People used as torches?
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Am I missing something here? Burning at the stake occurred during the Middle Ages, not the Roman period. They did crucifixions.

Not that either was any better than the other.


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Yes, you are missing something. Nero regularly used Christians as torches at his parties. The image below is from a rather famous painting.

http://www.awesomestories.com/images...4cdba75f0c.jpg
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