Lesson Plan

In Old Pompeii

Pompeii and the other ancient cities along the Bay of Naples destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE continue to spark our imagination just as they did when they were dug up in the eighteenth century. The excavation of so many well-preserved examples of ancient Greco-Roman civilization helped inspire the Enlightenment and an interest throughout the Western world in ancient art and design, classical philosophy, and literature.

In this lesson, students take a virtual field trip to the ruins of Pompeii to learn about everyday life, art and culture in ancient Roman times, then display their knowledge by creating a travelogue to attract visitors to the site. They can also write an account of their field trip modeled on a description of Pompeii written by Mark Twain.

Guiding Questions

What can we learn about life in Roman times from the ruins of Pompeii?

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson, students will be able to: To learn about the history of Pompeii and its destruction

To gain insight into the past through archaeological interpretation

To synthesize historical information through imaginative writing