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Romans, Taxes, and Donkeys

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Julius Caesar is about to invade Britain in 55 BC. He wanted to add Britain to the list of countries that Rome already controlled (called the Roman Empire). Once a country is part of the empire, it can be taxed. Rome needs vast amounts of money to pay for its army and the taxation of conquered countries was a good way to raise this money. The countries Rome invaded also had different resources, and the more countries Rome controlled the more resources Rome had and the richer and more powerful the Roman Empire became.

As well as English (writing a report) and history skills the Evidence-Based Learning skills developed in this lesson includes collaborative learning. This lesson also offers pupils the opportunity to master thinking skills. 


Each evidence-based learning (EBL) Roman history resource in this set is a complete lesson which uses the history curriculum as a framework through which each of the eight EBL skills can be mastered. Each resource has “mastering” one EBL skill as its central focus and all eight EBL skills are covered more than once in these lessons.

All eight EBL skills are better gained working with a partner so much of the work in these lessons is collaborative. These resources will ensure that pupils can master and use EBL skills regardless of their ability.

Each Roman history lesson will develop a single EBL skill through:

1) A “Before You Start” page that introduces the EBL skill.

2) Opportunities to master this skill during the lesson.

3) An “After You Finish” page that offers pupils the chance to evaluate their learning experience (of the lesson and the EBL skill) and to identify their next step in using the EBL skill.

The skills in bold below are all the EBL skills developed in this Roman lesson. Click on each skill to learn more about that skill.

  1. Collaboration
  2. Thinking Skills
  3. Peer Assessment
  4. Peer Teaching
  5. Self-Assessment
  6. Metacognition
  7. Self-Regulation
  8. Independent Learning

1 review for Romans, Taxes, and Donkeys

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

    Enrich Learning with This Multifaceted Roman Lesson

    If you’re seeking an engaging way to integrate instruction on writing, history, collaborative learning, and higher-order thinking skills, look no further than the “Romans, Taxes and Donkeys” lesson. As part of a 25-lesson set following Julius Caesar’s invasion of Britain in 55 BC, this innovative lesson covers a wide range of valuable skills and content.

    Here are some highlights of what students will experience:

    English Skills:
    – Report writing practice (structure, tense, organization)
    – Guided template for writing a report on the Roman Empire

    History Content:
    – Background on the Roman conquest of territories
    – Exploration of resources Britain offered Rome (metals, crops, etc.)
    – How Rome funded its vast army through taxes and plundered wealth
    – Economic impacts of the expanding Roman Empire

    Evidence-Based Learning:
    – Collaborative partner activities to facilitate peer learning
    – Explicit modelling of distinguishing cognitive vs. metacognitive skills
    – Application of Bloom’s Taxonomy to build ascending thinking skills

    The lesson adeptly intertwines reading, writing, analysis, and discussion around the compelling historical context of Rome’s motivations for conquest. Students engage with the content through varied individual and collaborative tasks.

    A particularly rich component is the scaffolded report writing section, where partners apply their knowledge by crafting an informative report about why Rome sought to conquer more countries. The provided template and structure ensure appropriate skill development.

    Additionally, the seamless integration of Bloom’s Taxonomy questioning allows students to build their cognitive abilities from remembering to creating – solidifying deeper historical understandings.

    By bridging literacy skills with historical exploration, collaborative experiences, and robust cognitive progressions, the “Romans, Taxes and Donkeys” lesson is an exemplary tool for Upper KS2 teachers aiming to comprehensively develop cross-curricular competencies.

    Star Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)

    A brilliantly designed resource that will get students excited about academic skills while immersing them in the fascinating world of Ancient Rome. Highly recommended!

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Romans, Taxes and Donkeys - Mastering Evidence Based Learning skills through The Romans - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Romans, Taxes, and Donkeys