ELA 4-5 Mt. Vesuvius

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts: K-12 Close Reading Task

Standards & Objectives

Essential and guiding questions: 
  • How is the city of Pompeii similar to the city in which you live? Provide text evidence to support your comparison.
  • What were the possible signs that should have indicated to the people of Pompeii that they were in immediate danger?
  • The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius led to what effects on Pompeii? Use text evidence to support your answer.
  • How does the author convey emotions during the actions at Pompeii?
  • Based on your reading, why would someone visit Pompeii today?

Activity/Task Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Differentiation suggestions: 

Scaffolding and support for special education students, English language learners, and struggling readers:

  • Some students can benefit from small group instruction by listening to a section of the story, pausing, and inviting them to discuss
  • what they heard. Encourage choral reading. Audio versions can aid in vocabulary development and the reader’s vocal expressions (i.e. fluency).
  • Struggling readers and ELL students can benefit from these audio versions.
  • On the website is also a copy of the text at a lower Lexile level which provides a bit less complex vocabulary for struggling students.
  • This less complex text should be used in addition to the original form of the text.