You do this exercise together. The one closest to the window reads the text about Christopher Columbus, the other student reads the text on Marco Polo.
Take notes as you read, cause you are to RE-TELL the story to your friend. RE-TELL means RE-TELL, not RE-READ…
Then, compare these areas, and discuss.
Their childhood and school years – what was the same, what was different?
Their career – what was the same, what was different?
Their personal lives – what was the same, what was different?

You have your words for homework!

Texts: The explorer Christopher Columbus                  The explorer Marco Polo

Words: Columbus WORDS      Marco Polo WORDS