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Most of what children read on a daily basis is expository text. The History of Horses offfers an expository text reading and reading strategy activities.

Pre-Reading Questions

Look at the picture below and answer the following questions.

a. What are these people doing?

b. How is this carriage moving?

Read the Following Expository Text

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Reference:  Becker, Ann. "Horses - Big Universe Reader(tm)." Horses - Big Universe Reader(tm). N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Aug. 2013.


Read the text and look at the picture. Answer the questions.

1. Do you think the horses pulling the carriage are domesticated? Why?

2. Do you think the people in the carriage are merchants?

3. Look at the carriage picture and complete the sentence using the correct word from the text.

_______________ allowed horses to become bigger and stronger allowing them to pull carriages. 

Comprehension - Understanding the Main Idea

Choose the best possible answer for the following questions

1. The main idea of "Domesticating Horses" is that

   a. merchants used horses to carry their goods.

   b. horses are now in every part of the world.

   c. horses were very important in people's lives.

2. Historically, why were horses important in battles?

   a. They were big and strong.

   b. They carried soldiers into battle.

   c. They were domesticated.

Comprehension - Understanding Details

Read the following sentences. One word in each sentence does not fit. Choose which word is incorrect and give the correct answer.

1. Around 4000B.C. people living in Africa found they could domesticate animals.

2. A domesticated horse is a wild animal.

3. Horses were used to pull cars from place to place.

4. Until cars and airplanes, horses were as important as soldiers in war.

Writing Prompt

On a separate piece of paper, write about your experience with a horse. Have you ever ridden one? Seen one on television or in the movies?