In response to the State of Michigan's Grade Level Content Expectations that include the below topics I created a four page informational document for 6th grade or 7th grade students to use as a reference. The topics covered in this lesson include the Beginnings of Human Society to the rise from hunter-gatherers and to advanced civilizations.
This four page reference is written using content area vocabulary as prescribed by the state. It is written in such a way that the reader hears the message in several different ways. The packet has several different text structures. Similar content information in written in chronological order, in paragraphs, a timeline, a "recipe" and with brief civilization explanations.
This lesson is useful for teaching students to read informational text as well as for studying the rise hunter-gatherers to civilizations.