Subject: Latin (7 - 12) Title: In Old Pompeii URL: https://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plans/old-pompeii Description:
This unit starts with a video introducing students to life in Pompeii. (This video is about 50 minutes long, it may be useful to show select scenes rather than the entire video). Students are then asked to read and translate 2 eyewitness accounts in which Pliny describes what happened the day of the eruption. Public domain versions of these letters are linked within the activity. Afterward, students are asked to examine the ruins using a video tour of the Forum Baths. To end the lesson, a variety of virtual field trip links are provided allowing student groups to each explore a different aspect of life in Pompeii.
[LAT] LA1 (7-12) 5 :
5) Investigate and describe elements of Roman daily life.
Examples: Calendar, household gods, government, family, social organization, Roman games, and holidays like Saturnalia.
7) Investigate and describe elements of Roman material culture.
Examples: Temples, architecture, food, and clothing.
[LAT] LA1 (7-12) 8 :
8) Locate historically important cities and major geographical features of Italy and Western Europe, and describe their ancient and modern significance.
Examples: Rome, Pompeii, Capua, Ostia, and Brundisium.
Examples: The Tiber, Arno, and Po rivers, the Appian Way, Etruria, Britannia, Gallia, Germania, Graecia, Mare Nostrum, Aegean Sea, Adriatic Sea, and the Alps.
6) Locate historically significant cities, countries, and geographical features of the ancient Mediterranean world, and describe their relationship to their modern counterparts.
Examples: Carthage, Troy, Alexandria, Athens, Delphi, Constantinople; divisions of Gaul, Phoenicia, Magna Graecia, Crete, Sicily; Rubicon, Po, Nile, and Rhine rivers, the Alps and Pyrenees mountains.
[LAT] LA2 (7-12) 11 :
11) Compare the geography and social, political, legal, military, and economic systems of the Roman world to systems of the modern world.
Example: Compare a map of the provinces of the Roman Empire to a modern map of the Mediterranean region.
[LAT] LA3 (7-12) 4 :
4) Relate Roman cultural products to perspectives.
a. Investigate and describe values and perspectives in Roman prose authors.
Example: Values of pietas and gravitas found in the writings of Pliny.
b. Analyze important people in Roman history and literature to determine their cultural significance.
Examples: Gracchi brothers, Plautus, Terence, Cicero, Catiline, Sallust, Livy, Pliny the Elder, Pliny the Younger, Seneca, or Tacitus.
[LAT] LA3 (7-12) 5 :
5) Relate Roman cultural practices to perspectives.
a. Contrast the ideals of Roman political factions in the first Century B.C.E.
Example: The conflict between Cicero and Catiline, the proposed policies of the optimates and populares.
This 11-minute video features a fly-over tour of a digitally recreated Rome. As students fly over the city they are guided by a narrated conversation as two hosts discuss each of the key locations as well as key aspects of Roman Culture including Roman values, the Roman empire, Roman leadership, Roman history, Roman architecture, Roman art, and view of human beings toward the gods. A detailed transcript is included along with links to further information on the following featured locations: Arche of Constantine, Arch of Titus, Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine, Roman Forum, Imperial Fora, Forum and column of Trajan, Pantheon, and Colosseum.