Reading, Listening and Viewing a Text … Pompeii

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Dog of Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius' eruption, Pliny the Younger, molten lava.. it's all here! If you are looking for a high-interest topic to tackle the reading, viewing, and listening standard, look no further!

The videos are great, the the text is rigorous (but short, accessible- and has humor!) and the audio is superb.

I LOVE teaching Pompeii because the students are fully engaged- mesmerized!

1) The text for READING is by Pliny the Younger. A first-hand account of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Knowing that students may struggle a bit with the language, I have created a paired activity where students summarize each sentence. I have included my summary of each sentence (in case they get stuck- or ) to compare with the student's finished activity. Yes, Pliny actually calls his uncle out for snoring!

2) The LISTENING text is "The Dog of Pompeii" by Louis Untermyer. If you don't have the text in your anthology, try this link to the audio. (It's free!) http://readlifelong.weebly.com/uploads/1/3/6/1/13617939/dog_of_pompeii_01.mp3
Students individually complete a worksheet (included) after reading.

3) The VIEWING component uses two videos readily available on the web- one is 2 minutes in length (but packs a punch!) and another lengthier, informative video (links below)

Once the students have completed activities on EACH of the modes, there is a writing assignment. The writing assignment begins as a group activity. After groups write a paragraph- they will compare to an original sample paragraph.

Then, students work individually for the final assessment- a similar paragraph that compares the three modes: reading, listening, and viewing.

This is a week-long lesson, but you can just teach a part of this lesson if you are focusing on other standards (For example, you may have "Dog of Pompeii" in your anthology. You can use the worksheets and activity for just this story instead of teaching the entire unit).

I have listed the links below so you can check out the awesomeness of the modes in this lesson before you purchase. I LOVE them and they work really well with this standard.

Thanks so much for your interest. Enjoy teaching Pompeii!

Please check out these links to make sure you will like the subject matter before you purchase.

-the eyewitness account of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius from Pliny, the Younger
http://www.pompeii.org.uk/s.php/tour-the-two-letters-written-by-pliny-the-elder-about-the-eruption-of-vesuvius-in-79-a-d-history-of-pompeii-en-238-s.htm

-the audio of “Dog of Pompeii”
http://readlifelong.weebly.com/uploads/1/3/6/1/13617939/dog_of_pompeii_01.mp3

and any three videos on Pompeii. I have chosen these 3 (only 2 are used for the lesson)
http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/pompeii/videos/deconstructing-history-pompeii

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY_3ggKg0Bc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bsmv6PyKs0


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Reading, Listening and Viewing a Text …   Pompeii
Reading, Listening and Viewing a Text …   Pompeii
Reading, Listening and Viewing a Text …   Pompeii
Reading, Listening and Viewing a Text …   Pompeii