(For the first part of this block, please see this post: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2013/11/20/sixth-grade-ancient-rome/).
I detailed in a previous post how we tackled our first three weeks of Rome, including drawing, painting, and mosaics, along with the resources we used. The first three weeks also included, toward the end, an assignment to read “The Bronze Bow”, as suggested in the Christopherus Roman History Guide (http://www.christopherushomeschool.com/Sixth-Grade-Roman-History-Bundle-p/chrb0010.htm – however, I do not have this newest version but only the older version so do be aware there has been a revision!) and we orally discussed this book and its major themes.
So, our major work in the first three weeks included drawing a beautiful cover page with aqueducts on it, a drawing in hatching from Penelope Lively’s book with summary, a drawing of the wolf from the mythology of Romulus and Remus along with a summary, a summary of the kings of Rome along with a wet on wet watercolor painting of the seven hills of Rome, a map of the seven hills of Rome, a summary regarding the plebians and the patricians, a wet on wet painting of Horatious Keeps The Bridge along with copying part of the poem by Lord Macaulay, a drawing of an elephant with centurian rider along with a summary of the Punic Wars. This summary as the most extensive and covered about two and a half pages in a standard size main lesson book.
We then moved into the time of Julius Caesar and the five Caesars that followed. Part of the Christopherus Guide (at least the old version) recommends working with heavily shaded photographs of busts to work on black and white and gray shading. This is important for the adolescent, to work with the gray areas, as adolescents tend to be very black or white in their outlook on life. The book “When The World Was Rome” was most helpful to me as a teacher in this endeavor and we did some fine drawings with shading. Portraiture in earnest comes in the eighth grade and high school. so to me what came out on paper was not merely as important as the process of attempting and looking at the highlights, lowlights and shading. We did portraits of both Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar, along with supportive writing and summaries on these famous figures.
The book “Famous Men of Ancient Rome: Lives of Julius Caesar, Nero, Marcus Aurelius and Others” by Harren and Poland was helpful here, along with Kovacs book that I already mentioned in the previous post. A summary regarding the “first five Caesars” found in the Christopherus Guide was helpful.
We then moved into the life of Jesus Christ (I do NOT recommend part of Dorothy Harrer’s telling of His life as it contradicts mainstream theology and connects Jesus to the Essenes, although parts of it are okay and would provide good examples of the Beautitudes and the Apostles Creed for those of you not familiar with these things, along with many of the parables Jesus told). I still think Kovacs is a good source for this, along with the descriptions of the earliest Christians and our next summary was on this topic. We then looked at Hadrian and others, and Marcus Aurelius. There was a summary on these leaders, along with a map of Rome at its height drawn freehand. I also assigned the book “Galen and the Gateway to Medicine” to our daughter and we discussed the life of Galen.
We moved on to talk about Constantine and wrote a summary and the early monks (Kovacs in particular discusses this, along with this next book) . One book we moved into at this point was the Christian book, “Peril and Peace: Volume I: Chronicles of the Ancient Church”, which I read as a supplement to these lessons. We particularly looked at Peter and Paul (also covered well in Harrer’s book), and then this book also covered Polycarp, Justin, Origen, Cyprian, Constantine, the Early Creeds and Councils, Athansius, The Great Cappadocians, Ambrose, Augustine (see book assigned below), John Chrysostom, Jerome, Patrick, and Benedict.
We are ending this week by looking at Attila the Hun, the Huns, the Goths and the decline of the Roman Empire. I will assign the book “Augustine Came to Kent” by Barbara Willard as reading for over the next block, and we will pick up with Medieval History in the spring.
Our blocks for January through May include European Geography, Business Math, Medieval History, Physics, and I am putting together a small block on Colonial America for varying reasons which I hope to discuss in a future post. We have already done Geometry, an expansion of botany into biomes and ecology that led into our Mineralogy block, and Rome.