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Domus Romani

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

World Languages

Students will learn the Latin names and the uses of rooms in a typical Roman house by building the house in Minecraft and creating a video walkthrough

avatar Submitted By: Mary Villaume

January 3, 2018

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Magister Craft Domus Romani video

Magister Craft has created a video of the various rooms in a Roman house. This is done in Latin and serves as a model for the students.

Build a Domus Romani in Minecraft

This is a step-by-step instructional video to show students how to build a standard domus Romani in Minecraft.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify and correctly name the rooms of a Roman house in the the target language (Latin).
  • Students will write and speak in Latin in order to create a narrated video walk through of their houses.
  • Students will learn to work effectively and use technology to aid in their creativity.
  • Students will learn to work collaboratively using technology.

Guiding Ideas

What are the main rooms of a Roman house?

How are these rooms typically used by the Roman family?

How can you use Minecraft to recreate a house similar to those in ancient Rome?

Student Activities

Students will watch a video from Magister Craft https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evJ7J1eqH2Y&feature=youtu.be as a model for the end product.

As they watch the video, they will note the rooms mentioned in the video and they way Magister Craft describes the rooms.

Then, students will watch this video, showing a step-by-step tutorial on building a Roman house and can use this video as a guide when building their own Roman house. https://youtu.be/Zk3z06f_a0s

Students who are experienced in Minecraft should use their skills to build a more elaborate house and should be prepared to help students who have never used Minecraft before.

Once the houses are built and decorated, students will "walk" through their homes and note the rooms as they appear. Using this as a guide, students will write sentence in Latin telling which room they are in and how a Roman family would have used the room.

Once the sentences are complete, students will use screen-cast-o-matic to create a narrated video tour of the house. The narration should be in Latin and should model the video made by Magister Craft.

Performance Expectations

Project Rubric:

Total Points: 50 (this will count as a test grade)

In-class participation (rank from highest to lowest score):

  • Used class time effectively and stayed focused on the task
  • Used class time effectively, strayed from task occasionally
  • Used class time to complete some work, but needed some reminders and redirection
  • Used most of the class time distracting other students and little time on project

Overall appearance (ranked from highest to lowest score):

  • House shows great effort and attention
  • House is neat but has minor errors that are not too distracting
  • House shows the general layout and idea but is not neat and carefully constructed
  • House is incomplete and is missing several necessary rooms

Construction (ranked from highest to lowest score):

  • Follows the general floorplan of a domus Romana and has original/interesting details
  • Follows the general floorplan of a domus Romana and has few interesting details
  • Follows the general floorplan of a domus Romana but does not have any additional details
  • Floorplan is missing rooms or is unfinished with little or no details

Video Tour (ranked from highest to lowest score):

  • Mentions all rooms of a domus Romana, including the descriptions of the rooms completely in Latin
  • Mentions most of the rooms of a domus Romana but is missing some descriptions; in Latin
  • Mentions some rooms and gives little detail; some is in English
  • Few rooms are mentioned and some descriptions are in English

Written sentences (ranked from highest to lowest score):

  • Nine sentences, in Latin, containing descriptions
  • Nine sentences, words missing, in Latin
  • Fewer than nine sentences, missing rooms, not in Latin
  • Few sentences, not in Latin

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Magister Craft Domus Romani video

Magister Craft has created a video of the various rooms in a Roman house. This is done in Latin and serves as a model for the students.

Build a Domus Romani in Minecraft

This is a step-by-step instructional video to show students how to build a standard domus Romani in Minecraft.