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Viking Voyagers: Navigating Online Content Area Reading

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Viking Voyagers: Navigating Online Content Area Reading

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 40- to 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kathleen Smyth

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Computers with Internet access 

  • Chart paper or transparencies and a projector

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1. Review the websites listed in the Resources section. Jot down key information to share with your class, making sure not to give away the correct answers to the Pre- and Postreading Questionnaire (see Session 1, Step 2).

Practice going through the Viking Quest game on the BBC History website, choosing several different paths so you are familiar with the choices students have.

2. Divide the class into groups of three students.

3. Make copies of the Pre- and Postreading Questionnaire for each student in the class. Make copies of the Inquiry Chart: The Vikings, the Viking Quest Decisions handout, the Group Self-Assessment Rubric, and the Teacher Rubric: Viking Voyagers for each group of students. Make a blank copy of the Inquiry Chart on chart paper or a transparency.

4. If you do not have classroom computers with Internet access available, schedule two 40- to 60-minute sessions in your school's computer lab. You will need one computer for each group of students (see Sessions 2 and 4). Bookmark the websites students will be using.

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