This unit is designed to follow several chapters in the “Ecce Romani II” that discuss dinner preparation, dinner, and the dinner party that follows. In those chapters, students will have translated stories and learned vocabulary related to the dinner experience of upper-class ancient Romans. Through examining pros and cons of the dining experiences of ancient Romans and their own dining experiences, students will understand that although dining experiences across cultures are different, none is superior to another. To do this, they will create personal standards for the “best” dining experience. They will use what they know about the ancient Roman dining, as well as examine their own dinner experience, and finally design a dinner experience that includes the best of both worlds, according to the standards they created.
Barnett, Amy, "Cena Optima (The Best Dinner) [9th grade]" (2012). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. 194.
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