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Gladiators and Football

Gladiator and football players
Lesson Plan Author(s): 
Rachel Phillips & Jessica Sultemeier
Gladiators and Football
Teaching Area: 
World Studies from 750 BCE to 1600 CE: Ancient Greece to the First Global Age
ONLS.SS.7.2; CCSS.ELALiteracy. WHST.68.2a
Grade Level: 
Teaching Level: 
Middle Childhood
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Knocking opponents to the ground, intense hatred for adversaries, and roaring crowds cheering for a victory. Does this describe 21st century United States’ football or gladiatorial games of Ancient Rome? How do these events compare? This lesson will compare and contrast the Roman Gladiatorial Games to American football. The lesson will end with students researching topics and creating an Infographic to increase awareness about the consequences of playing American football.

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Key Words: 
Gladiators, football, compare and contrast