I Got a Lava Livin' to do in Pompeii !

Each learner creates a personal journal with entries from the point of view of an assigned Roman resident. Whether they are assigned to be a doctor, slave, farmer, or other identities, each student is tasked with writing about their daily life prior to and during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. They discuss the legacies of Roman art and architecture, technology, science, literature, language and law. Additionally, they investigate how earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and floods change human and wildlife habitats.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Turn this into a longer project, add costumes, crafts etc.
Pros

  • Great for cross-curricular learning
  • Engaging for all learners
  • Covers many learning standards
Cons

  • Teacher must align to standards