I am surrounded by ancients. Faces leer from all corners. The rich, the famous, villains and heros, men and women alike. They are all dead and gone, but come back to haunt us. But they are invited, and this is 7th grade History.The culmination of the student’s Rome unit lingers around the classroom. On Friday, they had a banquet, making their own food from ancient recipes, laying on cushions, and talking about their invited guests: people from Roman history, done up life size on posters and cardboard. All their people are still around the classroom. Cleopatra Selene is chatting it up with Galba, who is obviously in pain from his arthritis. Octavia is hanging out with Baudicca- who is actually smiling- and Marcus Antonius is guarding the door. Each person was researched, reported on, and incorporated into their living history banquet. But I think Atilla the Hun is giving me the stink-eye.
And yes, the food was great.