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Historical Topic: Pompeii Students Write: an I See poem

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Pompeii, I See

This writing across the curriculum lesson was created by Nevada teacher Janet Lundy.

Janet considers this history lesson to be appropriate for students in grades 3-8.


Lesson Overview:

Objectives/Overview: Students will learn about the explosion of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. and learn to describe the scene. Students will learn about the devastating effects, brainstorm descriptive words and phrases, and create an I See Poem based upon Pompeii.

Time Needed: two 60-minute class sessions.

Writing skills (traits) to stress while teaching this lesson:

  • Idea Development (writing with a clear, central idea or theme in mind)
  • Word Choice (using precise nouns to assist the reader’s understanding; incorporating interesting adjectives into the writing; and using strong verbs to keep the sentences interesting)
  • Voice (conveying passion towards the message of the writing or the topic)

Materials List:


Setting the Stage:

Discuss the concept of Historical Fiction and then read aloud the Prologue of The Buried City of Pompeii. Discuss this portion of the text and have students predict what they expect to hear in the story.


Teacher Instructions:

  • Pass out graphic organizer.
  • Tell students to listen carefully for words or phrases that describe the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.
  • Read page 26.
  • Pause while students write down words or phrases that describe the scene on their graphic organizer.
  • Read page 29.
  • Pause while students write down words or phrases that describe the scene on their graphic organizer.
  • Read page 30.
  • Pause while students write down words or phrases that describe the scene on their graphic organizer.
  • Read page 32.
  • Allow students to jot down as many descriptive words and phrases as possible on their graphic organizer.
  • Pass out I See Poem Worksheet. Review the finished “Desert” poem. Instruct students to create images for each statement. I see…I hear… I smell…etc. Encourage students to use descriptive language to create a vivid image. Share grading rubric.
  • Once the rough draft is complete, Students remove the “I see, I hear, I smell…” and copy onto blank paper. Illustrate.

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