What Year Is It?

This page includes a space to write in the date, but what does the date even mean? And where does it come from? Inform your class about the various calendars and how the Western calendar came into widespread use with an informational article. Pupils then calculate their birth years in the various calendars and comment on the change from B.C/A.D. to B.C.E./C.E.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Deepen the reading by requiring learners to mark the text as they read
Classroom Considerations

  • Students will probably need more space to write their answers for the final question on the page; they can go onto the back or use a separate sheet of paper
Pros

  • While fairly basic, the text is interesting and class members will enjoy calculating their birth years in the various calendars
Cons

  • None