Ancient Rome

Teaching Packs based on the Mollet Learning Academy (MLA) approach to learning – sample from a lesson

Ancient Rome 

Using the MLA approach, students study the Roman Empire, and, in particular, to gain an experience of life in a Roman town, they study the town of Pompeii. In the study of Pompeii they learn about Roman roads, water supply, and style of buildings. By following the route on a map of the town they take a tour of the excavated remains of ancient Pompeii.

A story is supplied so that teachers can read aloud an account of the guided tour while students find the locations on the map. The map is supplied and can be duplicated for each student.

Through stories, students gain an experience of what life was like in Pompeii before the disaster of August 79 C.E. when Vesuvius errupted and buried the town and its inhabitants. They work with part of a primary source document; Pliny the Younger’s letters to Tacitus where he so vividly describes the events.

Students are encouraged to use all the information they are given on the eruption of Vesuvius and imagine they are inhabitants of Pompei. With the benefit of hindsight, they are asked to write a plan of escape for themselves and their families from Pompeii and on to safety.

Students extend thier study of Pompeii by tracing its history up to the present day. This includes an examination of the archaeological work that has occurred there. They learn about the archaeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli and his work to recreate the form of people, animals and objects buried by the eruption of Vesuvius.

Unit 9 Ancient Rome 
SubUnit 1: Historical & Geographical Background
SubUnit 2: The Republic and Pax Romana
SubUnit 3: Pompeii
SubUnit 4: Life in Ancient Rome
SubUnit 5: Religion and Mythology
SubUnit 6: Review Pack

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