Reading Lesson: Cultural and Historical Context Grade Level



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Reading Lesson: Cultural and Historical Context

Grade Level: 6

Lesson Summary: Students collaborate on a timeline detailing the travels of Marco Polo and a Venn diagram contrasting travel in the 13th century with modern day travel. After reading the passage, students list historical topics they would like to read about. Advanced students write a press release announcing Marco Polo’s travelogue. Struggling students create travel posters advertising exotic lands to the East to spur Marco Polo’s contemporaries to visit.

Lesson Objectives:
The students will know…

  • certain stylistic elements exist in traditional and classical literature from various cultures.





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