Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius Story and Common Core Worksheet

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This article for your Ancient Rome unit tells the fascinating story of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD and how it famously buried the town of Pompeii in ash for the next 1,000+ years.

It also features an excellent set of Common Core-aligned questions to gauge student understanding and reading comprehension. This is a great way to help your students become better readers while documenting your use of Common Core strategies and cover history!

An editable Google Doc version plus answer key are both included for your convenience.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.


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