Follow up activity to powerpoint presentation and Cornell Notes on Pompeii. This activity usually covers one and a half class sessions and we model how to perform a close read of informational text using our annotation bookmarks (free in my store).
The story of Pompeii is pretty amazing and is full of imagery and easily guides students using inquiry and curiosity. I usually do an interactive timeline using the video - "A Day in Pompeii - Full-length animation" on youtube. Its a great way for students to visualize what we just read in Pliny's letter.