Age of Exploration: Passages (Vol. 2) - Distance Learning Compatible

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Age of Exploration Key Explorers Differentiated Reading Mini-Passages

Printable + Digital Paperless Versions Included

With this resource, students will learn the Age of Exploration and key explorers from the period through reading engaging passages on differentiated reading levels. There are 11 original reading mini-passages included on 5 reading levels covering grades 3-8, totaling 55 mini-passages. A comparative graphic organizer (as well as a grading rubric) for contrasting the key explorers is included. Students can respond to what they read in the mini-passages by filling in these graphic organizers. This resource is research-based, differentiated to meet the needs of varying ability levels, rigorous, and written to engage. All passages and question sets included in this resource can be printed or shared digitally with students.

NOTE: This is a set of MINI-passages. For each key explorer, there is a 1/2 page mini article covering his key explorations and other information of importance included.

What is included? 1 PDF file + access to 1 Google Drive folder containing the following:

• 11 engaging reading mini-passages - see specific topics below

→ 5 differentiated reading levels for each passage

→ 1 comparative graphic organizer + grading rubric for contrasting the key explorers

• 3-day lesson plan for use of passages within guided reading groups

• Teacher's guide to using passages for homework and classwork

• Student's guide to close reading

How can I access the digital paperless version?

On page 1 of the PDF file you will have access to upon download, you will find a link to a Google Drive folder containing all reading passages, question sets, and answer keys. Directions for sharing the digital student response sheets with your students are included in the Google Drive folder.

How can I use this resource?

• To teach new information and supplement / enhance the textbook

• During Social Studies instruction, for close reading, and in guided reading groups

• For homework, classwork, morning work, center rotations, and research projects

• For assessment, unit review, and test prep

How will this resource help me?

• Easily and instantly differentiate your instruction

• Share the same rich information with every reader on every level in your class

• Integrate Social Studies and reading by practicing reading skills while learning about Social Studies content

• Fit everything into your busy schedule through integration


Differentiated Passage Topics Included:

→ Vasco Nunez de Balboa

→ Juan Ponce de Leon

→ Amerigo Vespucci

→ Prince Henry the Navigator

→ Bartholomew Dias

→ Vasco de Gama

→ Giovanni de Verrazano

→ Jacques Cartier

→ Robert LaSalle

→ John Cabot

→ Henry Hudson

Want more Age of Exploration resources? (Like passages covering Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, & Henry de Soto?)

Age of Exploration Passage Set Vol. 1

Age of Exploration Complete Unit Plan


Differentiated Reading Levels Included:

Each passage is included on multiple levels. [Learn more about the levels here!]

Passage levels are discretely labeled with a shape code.

LEVEL ONE → 3rd Grade Reading Level

[Also fitting for Above Grade Level 2nd Grader, Below Grade Level 4th Grader]

LEVEL TWO → 4th Grade Reading Level

[Also fitting for Above Grade Level 3rd Grader, Below Grade Level 5th Grader]

LEVEL THREE → 5th Grade Reading Level

[Also fitting for Above Grade Level 4th Grader, Below Grade Level 6th & 7th Graders]

LEVEL FOUR → 6th & 7th Grade Reading Level

[Also fitting for Above Grade Level 5th Grader, Below Grade Level 8th Grader]

LEVEL FIVE → 8th Grade Reading Level

[Also fitting for Above Grade Level 6th and 7th Graders, Below Grade Level 9th Grader]


FIRST TIME BUYER? Or want to know more about the levels?

Take a look at the FREE Differentiated Passage Snapshot to find out more about what is included, how the passages are organized, how the levels are differentiated, and determine if the levels are a good fit for your students.

Are you interested in purchasing a larger bundle of related passages?

• Don't Miss Out On Other Social Studies Passages and Science Passages

• Save $ by Purchasing a Bundle of Differentiated Passages

• Save $$ by Purchasing the Lifetime Unlimited Subscription to All Passages

Do you want to try a free sample from this passage? Or check out other free passage sets?

Download the preview file. Or click here to see all passage sets you can try out for free!

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