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by Mark Cartwright

2012

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "Pompeii" by Mark Cartwright.

This informational text describes the terrible tragedy of Pompeii in 79 A.D., when the Roman town was destroyed by a volcanic eruption. It details life in the town before the eruption and how volcanic ash has preserved the town for modern day archaeologists to explore.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Comedy & Tragedy, Death, and Man vs. Nature as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"Who's in control: man or nature?", "How do people face death?", and "What can we learn from tragedy?"

Ways to support your child: