What Country Is This? Short Geography, History, Economics Readings CCSS 6-8

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AZSunset Literacy 4-9
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6th - 8th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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AZSunset Literacy 4-9


Expand students' global knowledge with high-interest paragraphs that engage students with fascinating facts! No prep for bell work or many more uses.

What you get:

  • 25 one-page handouts. Countries featured are those students may not be familiar with in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. See Preview for list.
  • 2-3 questions per passage that cover CCSStandards for SS/History. Main ideas, fact/opinion, using visual information and more. One concept covered is why some nations are so poor.
  • 94 social studies vocabulary terms, such as infant mortality, are included in the texts with explanations.
  • Worksheet for matching vocabulary with definitions.
  • Worksheet for matching countries with continents.
  • Answer Keys
  • Teaching Tips for different uses, such as note-taking, map work, writing, or discussion. Use each passage over several days, one day with homework completion, once a week, etc.
  • Colorful clip art, including the flag, global location, and cultural illustrations for each country. Can be photocopied in b/w.

What teachers say: "These are great passages that are easy to read for the students. They really enjoy them." "Great way to introduce kids to different areas of the world."

No-prep for bell work, enrichment, centers, homework, extra credit, early finishers, sub plan and more. Use to supplement your curriculum in World History; as part of a geography unit; for a study of current issues; or in an ELA class for informational text. May be appropriate for high school or Adult Ed.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.


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