WebQuest:
An Archaeological Look at 
Pompeii

    Can You Dig It?

Designed for Grade 6

Introduction | Task | Process | Grading Rubric | Conclusion  

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Introduction:

Pompeii is a town in Italy that was buried under ash when the volcano Vesuvius erupted violently in A.D.79. Over the past 200 years, the houses and stores of Pompeii have been slowly uncovered by archaeologists. Archaeologists study the remains of past human life and culture. They study their buildings, their writings, their drawings, and even their garbage. By drawing conclusions from clues they find, archaeologists are learning about the daily lives of the people of Pompeii.


Vesuvius


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Task:

1. You will explore Pompeii before Vesuvius erupted.

2. You will become an archaeologist. Join an archaeological excavation and dig with a team of archaeologists. Study the clues you find and explain the conclusions you draw about the way the people of Pompeii lived. Then, using your expertise as an archaeologist, create an archaeological dig for the future that reflects your daily life.

3. You will create a fictional story about Pompeii flowing the destruction of this Itailan city.

Estimated Time: 6 hours over 4-5 days.


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Process:

     1.Explore Pompeii Before the Vesuvius Eruption

What did Pompeii look like Before Vesuvius Erupted?  Knowing the original layout of the Anci ent City of Pompeii will help you understand what the city was like before the eruption of Vesuvius.  How were ancient cities different from our modern cities?   Some of the things in this city might be unfamiliar to you, but you will be an expert soon.  Explore the interactive map under "extras" and discover the parts of Pompeii.  Then check out the virtual reality panorama photos.

      2.Join the Dig

Information Source: This is the link to the site where you can join the archaeological dig of Pompeii.

Follow these steps:

  1. Reveal the daily life and activities of people of Pompeii.
  2. Write your findings on the Archaeological Clues and Conclusions worksheet.
  3. Report your findings and conclusions to the class.
  4. Use the For Future Archaeologists worksheet and make a list of objects from today that would tell a future archaeologist about your own daily life.
  5. Be sure to make a specific link between the objects you choose, and the information each object will provide.
  6. Gather examples or images of the items on your list. Items can be represented by objects (a small food or drink container, for example), photos (commonly worn clothing from a magazine) or a student drawing (a book cover or CD, showing its title). Be creative.
  7. Assemble the items in a box. Decorate the box.
  8. Exchange boxes and conduct a dig, uncovering items and making notes about what you find. Make detailed, descriptive notes.
  9. Report your findings and conclusions to the class.

    3.Create Your Own Tale of Pompeii

    Archaeologists have been able to discover the Ruins of Pompeii because they are Frozen in Time.  People, animals, and homes were Trapped Under the Ash and Debris.  Now that you have unraveled the mystery of this ancient city, try to discover what happened in the years following the devastating eruption.  Check out the Timeline of Events and see how the city recovered.  Was this the one and only eruption of Vesuvius?  Now you are going to create a fictional story about the city of Pompeii following the destruction complete with illustrations.  Use characters, dialogue, and your own knowledge about the city to create this tale.


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 Grading Rubric 


Content
Communication
Information Gathering
Critical Thinking
4

Thorough and complete grasp of specific content area

Highly effective use of oral and written skills.

Thorough and complete grasp of resources available for research

Consistently demonstrates use of critical thinking and problem solving skills

3

Substantial grasp of specific content area

Effective use of oral and written skills

Substantial grasp of resources available for reasearch

Sometimes displays critical thinking or problem solving skills

2

Partial grasp of specific content area

Minimally effective use of oral and written skills

Partial grasp of resources available for research

Rarely displays critical thinking or problem solving skills

1

Serious misconceptions in the learning of content.

Ineffective use of oral and written skills

Student does not make use of resources available for research

Never displays critical thinking or problem solving skills


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Conclusion

Now that you have explored Pompeii as an archaeologist; you have learned a great deal of facts about Pompeii. Be prepared to discuss the following questions.

  1. Did you learn more about Pompeii by participating in this WebQuest?
  2. How has technology helped you learn more about archaeology?
  3. What will you remember longer and better about archaeology and Pompeii because you used technology?
  4. What other topics would you like to explore in archaeology?
  5. How could you investigate Pompeii or other topics in archaeology?
  6. What other sources besides the Internet could you use?
  7. What did you like best about this WebQuest?
  8. How will this WebQuest help you in other classes?

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Credits & References

Before Vesuvius Erupted: This site is provided by Maecenas- Images of Ancient Greece and Rome.

Anci ent City of Pompeii:Pompeii Interactive

The Anglo-American Project in Pompeii

Ruins of Pompeii:John Hauser's Pictures of History

Frozen in Time:Maecenas- Images of Ancient Greece and Rome.

Trapped Under the Ash and Debris:Maecenas- Images of Ancient Greece and Rome.

Timeline of Events:Harcourt School Publishers


Webquest Created By Susan Amacker

Last updated on November 2,2002.

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