Course Description

This course concentrates on part 2 of the Ancient History core: The nature of sources and evidence.

Participants will be provided with a portfolio of copyright-free sources to use in their classroom. 

The course will examine the wealth of sources available for all the aspects of life in Pompeii and Herculaneum listed in the syllabus.

As well as providing strategies for investigating the types of sources available, we will also demonstrate a simple but effective scaffold for your students to use to analyse, evaluate and choose the best sources to use. This process can also be used when studying the other parts of the core.


For Ancient History teachers of any level of experience.

 Teaching Standards

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area:  Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities,

3.3.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Use teaching strategies:  Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking,

6.2.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage in professional learning and improve practice:   Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Resurrecting the Cities of Vesuvius with Sources and Evidence Online/em> will contribute 10 hours of NSW Education Standards Education Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework, addressing standard descriptors 3.5.3 from the Australia Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.



Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1: The Nature of Sources and Evidence - The Eruption and Buildings

    • Higher Order Thinking and the HSC

    • Templates for Force Field Analysis

    • Task: Complete a Force Field Analysis (FFA)

    • What is the HSC Core all about?

    • Task: Intent of Ancient History Core

    • The Nature of Sources and Evidence

    • Analysing and Evaluating Sources - Some Useful Tools

    • Task: Analysis and Evaluation Tools

    • Sources and Evidence for the Eruption

    • Task: Sample Lotus lesson

    • Lotus Diagram - Template

    • Buildings as Sources and Evidence

    • Task: Ancient History Core Activity

    • Research and Resource Library - The Eruption

  • 2

    Module 2: The Sources and Evidence for the Economy

    • What made up the Economies of the Cities of Vesuvius

    • Task: Economies of the Cities of Vesuvius

    • Commerce in the Forum

    • Task: Types of Commercial Activities in the Forum

    • The Business Elite of the Cities of Vesuvius

    • Task: Interpretations of the Evidence

    • Agriculture

    • Task: Evidence of Agriculture

    • Artisans and Industry

    • Venn Diagram Template Download

    • Task: Evidence of Artisans and Industry

    • Trading and the Ports

    • Task: Evidence of Trade in Pompeii and Herculaneum

    • The Economic Role of Women and Slaves

    • Evidence of Brothels in Pompeii

    • Shops and Buildings

    • Consider All Factors (CAF) - A Thinking Tool From De Bono's CoRT Thinking

    • Fulleries - Case Study

    • Pistrinas - Case Study

    • Thermopolia - Case Study

    • Task: Shops and Buildings Case Study

    • Research and Resource Library - The Economy

  • 3

    Module 3: The Sources and Evidence for Social Structure and Political Life

    • Who were the Social and Political Groups?

    • Task: What if Romans Didn't Have Slavery?

    • An Introduction to the Roman Political System

    • Task: Roman Government Vocabulary Builder

    • Women

    • Task: The Women of Pompeii and Herculaneum - What We Know and Don't Know

    • Politics in Pompeii

    • Task: Social and Political Groups

    • The Forum in Pompeii

    • Task: Political Buildings of the Pompeii Forum

    • Politics and the Forum in Herculaneum

    • Task: Political Life in Herculaneum

    • Different Interpretations of the Evidence - Case Studies

    • Task: Problems with Interpreting the Evidence

    • Research and Resource Library - Social and Political Life

  • 4

    Module 4: Sources and Evidence for Everyday Life

    • Houses

    • Task: Problematic Knowledge - Houses

    • Water Supply and Sanitation

    • Mind Map - Use of Water in Pompeii and Herculeum

    • Task: Use of Water in Pompeii and Herculeum

    • Health

    • Task: Health of the People in the Cities of Vesuvius

    • The Thermae

    • Task: What happened at the Thermae?

    • Other Leisure Pursuits

    • Task: Leisure in the Cities of Vesuvius

    • Daily Life: Food and Clothing

    • Task: My Best Guess Task - Food and Clothing

    • Research and Resource Library - Everyday Life

  • 5

    Module 5: Sources and Evidence for Religion and the Influence of Egyptian and Greek Culture

    • State Religion and Public Worship

    • Task: Religions and Temples

    • Private Worship, Death and Burial

    • Task: Private Worship, Death and Burial

    • Foreign Cults

    • Task: Foreign Cults - 5 Why Task

    • The Influence of Greece and Egypt

    • Task: Influence of Greece and Egypt - Placemat

    • Research and Resource Library - Religion and the Influence of Greek and Egyptian Culture

  • 6

    Module 6: Getting Mileage from the Sources and Evidence

    • Private Buildings - Houses

    • Task: Private Houses - Scaffold

    • Task: The Process for Choosing High Impact Sources

    • Case Study 1: The Forum of Pompeii

    • Case Studies 2/3: Houses of the Vetii/Faun

    • Case Study 4: Graffiti

    • Task: Completing the Course

    • Resource Library - High Impact Sources

  • 7

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback

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