Core Literature Themes and Connections
Bronze Boy by Elizabeth
Driven by hatred for the Romans, Daniel has vowed to see their destruction.
His leader is amazzing an outlaw force to defeat them, but Daniel has
doubts when he hears a teacher from Nazxareth preach about the Kingdom
grade Core Literature
and Vocabulary Words
Roman Empire, forgiveness, interpretation, procession, injustice,
Social Justice, Roman Empire
the points of view of the real and fictional characters? Where
did these points of view clash?
on the Bronze Bow
This supplemental unit by Denise Hogan provides resources for
students in 6th grade to focus on the political and physical setting
of the book, analysis of the character Marcus who is the very
human representation of the Roman Empire, the theme of forgiveness,
the issue of interpretation of who Jesus really is.
an expository essay about the time based on interviews of people
of that time. As reporters, they contribute to a newspaper or
Language Arts Content Standards
2.0 Reading Comprehension
Comprehension and Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate Text
2.3 Connect and clarify main ideas by identifying their relationships
to other sources and related topics.
Organization and Focus
1.1 Choose the form of writing (e.g., personal letter, letter
to the editor, review, poem, report, narrative) that best suits
the intended purpose.
1.2 Create multiple-paragraph expository compositions:
a. Engage the interest of the reader and state a clear purpose.
b. Develop the topic with supporting details and precise verbs,
nouns, and adjectives to paint a visual image in the mind of the
c. Conclude with a detailed summary linked to the purpose of the
What was the
historical and political climate of the time which led to political
and social problems?
How can one
fight social injustice?
WebQuest Student Page on the Bronze Bow
This WebQuest by Sally McArdle provides lessons and activities
on Israel and the Roman Empire. There are lessons and links for
Language Arts, but the History links and questions offer good
prompts for historical investigations and activities. The culminating
project "Fight for Justice" provides students links
and questions on 5 historical activists.
Map of the Roman Empire
This site provides a clickable map to provinces and information
about the Roman Empire.
the map of Ancient Israel and plot events that take place in the
on the role of a famous activitis and write in the first person
about their role in fighting injustices, then they are in a panel
discussion about their fights against social injustices.
6.3 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious,
and social structures of the Ancient Hebrews.
4. Discuss the locations of the settlements and movements of Hebrew
peoples, including the Exodus and their movement to and from Egypt,
and outline the significance of the Exodus to the Jewish and other
5. Discuss how Judaism survived and developed despite the continuing
dispersion of much of the Jewish population from Jerusalem and
the rest of Israel after the destruction of the second Temple
in A.D. 70.
analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social
structures during the development of Rome.
5. Trace the migration of Jews around the Mediterranean region
and the effects of their conflict with the Romans, including the
Romans' restrictions on their right to live in Jerusalem.
6. Note the origins of Christianity in the Jewish Messianic prophecies,
the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as described in the
New Testament, and the contribution of St. Paul the Apostle to
the definition and spread of Christian beliefs (e.g., belief in
the Trinity, resurrection, salvation).