Classic Times: Pompeii through Today

What can Beacon Hill tell us about Ancient Rome?

At Otis House

Classic Times introduces students to the classical motifs used in the architecture of ancient Rome, post-revolutionary Boston, and our own era. Students first learn the elements of classical design, and then go on a scavenger hunt inside the Otis House Museum to identify classical motifs in their historic setting.

Students also make architectural elements in a plaster workshop, study and sketch neo-classical architecture on Beacon Hill, discover motifs on skyscrapers, and participate in a final quiz show that reinforces the day’s activities.


Program Details

Available weekdays, year-round, for grades 4 – 8.

Program Length: 4 hours

Maximum Capacity: 50 Students


Type of Program: Field Trips

Related Topics: Archaeology, Architecture, Colonial Life, Revolutionary Period

Curriculum Links

Connections to Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks

Connections to Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks
History and Social Science (August 2003 version)

Concepts and Skills: 1, 2, 10

Learning Standards: 5.8, 5.11, 5.17, 5.23

Concepts and Skills: 2, 4, 6, 7

Learning Standards: 7.25, 7.31, 7.32, 7.36, 7.37, 7.42

U.S. History I

View full frameworks from the Massachusetts Department of Education

English Language Arts and Literacy (adopted March 2011, page numbers from Common Core pdf. linked to below)

Grade 6

7 (p. 39)

1 and 2 (p. 49)

View full Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy

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