I Got a Lava Livin' to Do in Pompeii

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Scholars imagine themselves as citizens of Pompeii in 79 AD. First they are assigned a job (or place in society like a child or slave). Then they record their daily activities for the weeks leading up to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in their journals. Participating in the role-play, they accurately portray an identity, give realistic descriptions of time and place, and present insights about life in Pompeii prior to the volcano's eruption. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Extend the lesson into a longer project
Classroom Considerations
  • Consider cross-curricular options (social studies, English, science, and even art)
Pros
  • Role - play is engaging for even reluctant learners
  • Primary source document from Pliny the Younger is linked in resource
  • Plenty of standards addressed
Cons
  • Resource is older, but still applicable. Teacher needs to identify the current standards covered