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Name: Rosy Thinn

Lesson: 04
Topic: The Empress Theodora
Grade: 7 (50minutes)
Unit Overview
Main Idea (Claim) Summative Assessment

The role of Theodora as a good supporter Group poster presentation project (at the end of the unit)
for her husband
A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies. Her
husband has full confidence in her and
lacks nothing of value. She brings him
good, not harm, all the days of her life.
(Proverbs 31:10-12)

Guiding Questions Objectives (know/understand/do/value)


1. When was Theodora born? The students will . . .
2. Give background information about - assess the big role of an Empress, her contribution
Theodora. to the nation
3. What kind of woman was - debate on womens rights
Theodora?
4. What were the things that Theodora
do?
5. If Theodora was not a supportive
Empress, do you think Justinian
could rule the empire on his own?
Why and Why not?
6. Have you ever received help from others
and have you ever helped someone? Provide
specific answers. (your friends, family
members, teachers or others)

Time Instructional Procedures and Strategies


5mins Beginning the Lesson
Listing agenda on the white board before the class starts and welcoming students.
1. Review Justinian I
2. Reading and Sharing
3. Debating
Greeting
Tell the agenda
Reviewing Justinian I:
- Give 3 minutes for the students to review about Justinian I and remind them that
they will work on a worksheet later including Justinian I and todays topic.
- Ask students What are the major accomplishments of Justinian? What are the
5mins
territories that he conquered? They have to raise their hands to answer the
questions. Only one fact from each student.
- Tell the objectives for today.
Introduction:
- Let the students guess what they are going to learn today (to check if they still
remember the outline)
- Distribute handout about Theodora.
- Tell the students to pair up with a partner and read it together taking turns. Tell them
2mins
to highlight the text and take notes on what they think important.
Developing the Lesson
- Provide guiding questions: They have to discuss and write down the answers in their
10mins own notes.
1. When was Theodora born? (500 AD approximately)
2. Give background information about Theodora. (poor, her father was a
5mins bear trainer in a circus work, involved as a circus performer, actress, low
social class)
3. What kind of woman was Theodora? (brave, charming and intelligent,
supportive)
4. What were the things that Theodora do? (She urged for the rights of
women, children and slaves. Her suggestion over Nika Revolt (blue vs.
green riots) succeeded.
Last two reflective questions: (they will write it on their own and share it to their
partner)
1. If Theodora was not a supportive Empress, do you think Justinian could
rule the empire on his own? Why and Why not?
2. Have you ever received help from others and have you ever helped
3mins someone? Provide specific answers. (your friends, family members,
teachers or others)
- The partner will provide the answers (they cannot give their own answers, their
friend will do that for them. They will take turn answering their partners)
Closing the Lesson
Debating about the rights of women:
- Tell them about coming up topic Hagia Sophia.
- Class will be divided into two groups, male and female, give them 3 mins to discuss
5mins what they are going to say
- The male group will resist granting the rights of women and the female group will
defend for their rights
- They will take 10 minutes for debating. (Remind them that this is just for fun
5mins activity and not to be offended)
- Class Dismiss

10mins

Formative Assessment Differentiation


Guiding and two reflective questions
Debating
Resources
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Byzantine_Empire
http://www.peraair.com/byzantine-period-in-asia-minor