Week 15: Gladiators
Read: K – 4: Spend the Day in Ancient Rome by Linda Honan (Chps 8 – 10 only)
5 – 6: The Roman Gladiators by Louise Park and Timothy Love
7 – 8: Gladiator by Richard Watkins (Chps 1 – 8 only)
- At the Circus Maximus, Chariot races were held.
- Romans also liked to watch plays performed at the theatre.
- For their faith, many Christians were sent to the Colosseum to be killed by wild animals.
- Name three types of entertainment for Ancient Romans? (Gladiator fights, Theatre, Chariot Races at Circus Maximus)
- Where did the Gladiator games take place? (at the Colosseum)
- Who did Gladiators fight? (other gladiators, animals)
- Did many people come to watch? (yes, very popular)
- Who were the Gladiators? Why were they chosen to fight? (many slaves or prisoners of war, men convicted of crimes)
- T/F Gladiator games were bloody. (T)
Questions for Grades 7 & 8:
- T/F Gladiators were trained at schools. (T)
- What did Gladiators wear? (usually armor, shield and helmet)
- Some people volunteered to be gladiators. (T)
- Describe the sea battles that were gladiatorial combats? (man-made lakes dug to stage naval battles)
- Name 2 famous leaders that staged sea battles? (Julius Caesar & Augustus Caesar)
- T/F Many Christians were killed by wild animals at the Colosseum. (T)
- T/F It was expensive to watch Gladiator fights. (F)
K – 3: Draw your own picture of a Gladiator fight at the Colosseum.
4 – 6: How were trips to the Colosseum like going to the movies? How were they different? Why do you think the gladiator fights were so popular? Write 3 paragraphs.
7 – 8: Pretend you are a reporter at a Gladiator fight. Write a report on what you saw today.
Copyright November 22nd, 2013 by Gwen Fredette