Our teacher has read to us the book called ‘Escape from Pompeii’ written and illustrated by Christina Balit. This book tells the story of Livia and Tranio who are children living in the Roman City of Pompeii. Livia is the baker’s daughter and Tranio is the son of an actor. Livia and Tranio are friends. The City of Pompeii is near the volcano called Vesuvius which erupted and blasted hot lava and ash all over Pompeii. Livia and Tranio got into a boat, set sail and sailed far away. They were the only ones to survive.
We made story maps, drawing the story starting with Tranio as a young boy living with his father Dion and ending with the eruption of the volcano. We included word banks to list important words from the story which we need to remember to use in our literacy books.
We have written descriptions of the main characters, including their feelings about their lives before and after the volcano erupted, and their favourite games. Livia and Tranio’s favourite game is ‘Jacks’ using bones and sticks, and chasing dogs down the street. We have also written a description of a setting in an exciting way, using adverbs, adjectives, alliteration – all of which are called writer’s tools – which help to make an interesting story.
Click on the images below to see some of our work so far:
By Amelie, Isabelle and Marli