Don't forget about the test coming up on Wednesday and Thursday. Here's the review guide, in case you lost it. We'll review tomorrow. I'll also tell you the essay questions ahead of time.
Today we read about Ibn Battuta. I can't imagine getting lost in the Sahara and having to slaughter a camel to get to the water its stomach. ...Talk about your bad days.
Here's a map comparing the travels of Battuta to those of Marco Polo:
map credit: http://www.vagobond.com/greatest-vagabond/
I'm not sure why Polo gets all the props as far as explorers of the day. Probably because he got back from his trip like 30 years before Battuta started his. And Marco Polo's book was a huge success. You can find out a little about our old friend Ibn here.
If you want the credit, read and discuss the blog with an adult. Then make up 3 questions from the Battuta/Polo map. Have the adult you read the blog with sign the paper with the questions. (Questions could be anything: Which is the western-most continent shown on this map? Which exploerer traveled the farthest? Which explorer traveled through Africa? Which explorer started in Europe? What mountain range is north of India?... The only problem is now you can't use any of those questions.)