I am please to announce a new set of resources for Latin teachers, but really for any teacher. Based on a recent lesson I worked on with a colleague, these are all the templates I made for the activity. They are not for free, but that is only because of the time it took to create them and then put them into various formats. I am also providing my "lesson plan" or activity walk through for free below.
How I used these resources
We came up with three "rumours" that students might hear about the ancient Roman world. We then found a digital resource that explained each. In this case it was three videos from reputable sources, but we also considered using articles, research, etc.
Students will look at each rumour and watch the corresponding video. Students then used the video notes PPT to take any notes on the videos they needed. While I am requiring they turn these notes in, I am not going to grade them. They will instead serve as a reference should something come up about a piece students missed or what they could have included but didn't.
Then students will pick one rumour and, using what they've learned from the resource alone, create a Snopes type article. They will have to decide how true the rumour is and back up their findings using the information they learned.
I am going to grade this on a culture standard based on interpretation and analysis of Roman culture. You could do this activity with material in the target language if your students are proficient enough as well.
Miriam teaches in a public high school in Georgia. She specifically works to ensure her classroom is multicultural and equitable to all students. She is always looking for ideas to make things more accessible!