Wednesday, October 15, 2014

More on the Destruction of Pompeii - 10/15/2014

AGENDA - 10/15/2014
1. The Destruction of Pompeii - First we will watch this video:

Then we will read "The Destruction of Pompeii--Wrath of the Gods". We are focusing on both content (what the article is about) and academic vocabulary (challenging words in the text that could be found in other classes, too). Here's what you should do:
  • Read the text. Underline any challenging words (academic vocabulary words). Look those words up in Google as you read. The easiest way is to use the DEFINE search operator. DEFINE PHENOMENON or DEFINE SUBSIDE.
  • Imagine you are living in Pompeii at the time of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. What do you think that felt like? Why do you think Pliny the Younger survived, while his uncle, Pliny the Elder, did not?
  • Is the YouTube video a primary source or a secondary source? How about the reading? Is it a primary or secondary source? What is better to use for history--primary or secondary sources?
2. Take out your Study GuideNeed to look at a digital copy? It's HERE. We will go over the questions that were most requested yesterday. If we don't get to this today, we will finish tomorrow.

  • The Great Shake-Out is tomorrow during E Period. You'll be outside for an hour. Check the weather and dress accordingly.

  • The last opportunity for re-takes is today, 10/15, by 3:15 p.m.
  • The Q1 Final Exam is next Friday, October 17. Your presence next Friday is very importantStudy Guides were handed last Friday. Need another copy? It's HERE. The Exam will be offered Wednesday (10/15) at lunch and Monday (10/20) at lunch for those will be absent on Friday.
  • Read "The Destruction of Pompeii--Wrath of the Godsthis time out loud to a family member.
  • Discuss with your family the following:
    • This Thursday is the Great Shake-Out, a big emergency disaster preparedness drill all across California. If you could go back in time and create an emergency plan for the people of Pompeii, what advice would you give them? Don't just say, "Hey, don't live below a volcano. Duh."
      The fact is, we live in earthquake country. Others live where there are hurricanes or tornadoes or massive snowstorms. Most Americans live where some form of natural disaster could occur, and you can't just tell them to simply "not live there." The point is to be prepared for when disaster does happen. So, what plan would you create for the families of Pompeii?
    • What plan do you and your family have in the event of a major earthquake here in California? Have you talked about what to do? Here are some resources from the state of California:
  • Study for your Q1 Exam. 

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