WebQuest Title: Conflict of the Orders
Author: Cheryl Bernales
How many times have you ever seen another person and judged them because of what they wore or how they acted? Did they seem better then you or did you feel better then they did? How many times did you ever stop and think about what their life might be like. Did you ever wonder how your life would have been different if you were in their shoes? Maybe if you were born into a life of luxury or perhaps a life of hard work and poverty. These are not new issues that only modern people lived with on a day to day basis. The ancient Romans had to deal with these problems too but in different ways then we do now. Back then, society was strictly divided between the rich and the poor. A person's position in life rarely changed and their was little hope for a better life. That is until the situation got too unbearable for the lower classes. One day they decided to fight back and take more control over their lives. The Conflict of the Orders is a true story about how the ancient Romans dealt with class warfare that brought them to the verge of civil war. As you explore through the web quest, try to imagine yourself as a plebeian or a patrician. What would you do? Who was right? How far would you go to have a say in how your life would be determined?
You and your partner will assume the role of a Patrician and Plebeian and then do research on the internet with the resources provided (and any others that are necessary). You will need to research their place in society and the rights that each class was given. You and your partner will each create a debate platform of a Patrician viewpoint and one of a Plebeian viewpoint to use in the class debate.
You will be paired up with a partner and you must choose a role. One person will be a Patrician and the other a Plebeian.
- Your first task is to do research on what life was like for both the Patricians and the Plebeians using the resources provided on the Resource page.
- Your second task is to research the Conflict between the two classes and find out how both sides dealt with the complaints of the other side and how they viewed each other.
- Your third task is to create an argument for the class debate in the viewpoint of your chosen role.
The class will then split into two groups, Patricians and Plebeians and will formally debate each side.
- Your fourth task is to gather together your research with your fellow Patricians or Plebeians and create a defense for your arguments.
- Your fifth task will be to make your case and convince the judges that your argument is correct.
Below, You will find all of the resources you should need to complete your task.
http://www.geocities.com/bwduncan/rhr/conflict.html - Roman law table
http://www.geocities.com/bwduncan/rhr/leges.html#450 - Roman law table
http://abacus.bates.edu/~mimber/Rciv/5th.cen.htm - Roman civilization
Below, You will find the rubric that will be used to grade the class debate.
|Class Debate : Conflict of the Orders|
Student Name: ________________________________________
|Presentation Style||Team consistently used gestures, eye contact, tone of voice and a level of enthusiasm in a way that kept the attention of the audience.||Team usually used gestures, eye contact, tone of voice and a level of enthusiasm in a way that kept the attention of the audience.||Team sometimes used gestures, eye contact, tone of voice and a level of enthusiasm in a way that kept the attention of the audience.||One or more members of the team had a presentation style that did not keep the attention of the audience.|
|Respect for Other Team||All statements, body language, and responses were respectful and were in appropriate language.||Statements and responses were respectful and used appropriate language, but once or twice body language was not.||Most statements and responses were respectful and in appropriate language, but there was one sarcastic remark.||Statements, responses and/or body language were consistently not respectful.|
|Organization||All arguments were clearly tied to an idea (premise) and organized in a tight, logical fashion.||Most arguments were clearly tied to an idea (premise) and organized in a tight, logical fashion.||All arguments were clearly tied to an idea (premise) but the organization was sometimes not clear or logical.||Arguments were not clearly tied to an idea (premise).|
|Information||All information presented in the debate was clear, accurate and thorough.||Most information presented in the debate was clear, accurate and thorough.||Most information presented in the debate was clear and accurate, but was not usually thorough.||Information had several inaccuracies OR was usually not clear.|
|Use of Facts/Statistics||Every major point was well supported with several relevant facts, statistics and/or examples.||Every major point was adequately supported with relevant facts, statistics and/or examples.||Every major point was supported with facts, statistics and/or examples, but the relevance of some was questionable.||Every point was not supported.|
|Understanding of Topic||The team clearly understood the topic in-depth and presented their information forcefully and convincingly.||The team clearly understood the topic in-depth and presented their information with ease.||The team seemed to understand the main points of the topic and presented those with ease.||The team did not show an adequate understanding of the topic.|
|Rebuttal||All counter-arguments were accurate, relevant and strong.||Most counter-arguments were accurate, relevant, and strong.||Most counter-arguments were accurate and relevant, but several were weak.||Counter-arguments were not accurate and/or relevant|
When you have completed this web quest you should have a better comprehension of how the Conflict of the Orders effected Roman society and government. You should also be able to answer questions both Patrician and Plebeian demands, as well as, their roles in the Roman Republic.
Questions include (but are not limited to):
- What were the roles of the Patricians and the Plebeians?
- Why did the two sides have the Conflict?
- Were there repercussions on the Roman society and what were they?
- How did they solve the Conflict?
- What new laws were created to appease the Plebeians?