Source
Scholastic News Online

Scholastic News Online is a free resource with breaking news and highlights from the print magazine.

Available for grades 1-6, Scholastic News magazine brings high-interest current events and nonfiction to millions of classrooms each week.

Additionally, our subscribers have FREE access to Scholastic News Interactive, an exclusive online learning tool featuring digital editions, videos, interactive features, differentiated articles, and much more.


Paul Salopek in Rwanda Paul Salopek has worked as a photojournalist in remote places around the world. (Michael Nichols / National Geographic)

A Walk Around the World

A journalist from Texas plans to retrace the steps of ancient humans

By Jennifer Marino Walters | February 1 , 2013

Before leaving his home earlier this year, Paul Salopek asked himself a simple question: Should he take his house keys or leave them? After all, he was heading out on a very long walk—a seven-year walk, to be exact.

Salopek, an award-winning photojournalist, is retracing the migration of ancient humans from Africa throughout the world. (Scientists believe our ancestors began leaving Africa about 70,000 years ago.) His journey began January 10, when he headed out on foot from a small Ethiopian village. From Africa, he plans to walk through the Middle East, across Asia and into Alaska, down the western United States, through Central America and South America, and finally to the southern tip of Chile, where his journey will end.

The 21,000-mile walk is called the Out of Eden Walk. It will take Salopek across 30 borders and bring him into contact with dozens of ethnic groups speaking varied languages.

Salopek, 50, hopes to talk to many people and immerse himself in a variety of cultures along the way. His goal is to put together a mosaic of stories of modern people around the world. He will explore such topics as climate change, education, and the economy.

“A walk of this magnitude, along this route, has never been attempted in a single lifetime,” Salopek wrote on his website.

AN EPIC JOURNEY

Salopek plans to walk an average of 15 miles a day—about five hours a day—for half of each year, and will spend the other half of the year recuperating and writing. He will write a blog and post updates via Twitter along the way.

Throughout the trek, Salopek will wear a backpack containing a laptop, a small video camera, a satellite phone, and some camping gear. Though he’ll complete almost the entire journey on foot, he says he may have to ride on horseback or in a vehicle for small stretches for safety reasons. He will also use a ship to cross the sea between Russia and Alaska, which were connected by a land bridge long ago.

Salopek foresees some challenges along the way—trouble crossing certain borders, old minefields, the Arctic winter in Siberia, and more. But he says he will deal with them as they come. Though he won’t carry a gun, he does have some secret security measures in place.

“The guiding star of the walk’s storyline isn’t me,” he wrote. “It’s the journey itself, the swarm of ideas and people encountered along the road. Children can grow up with the journey.”

To keep up with Salopek’s historic walk, you can read his blog updates here.

  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    Guided Reading Lecturas Cortas Level T

    Guided Reading Lecturas Cortas Level T

    Available August 2015!

    The all-new Guided Reading Short Reads brings the same high-quality nonfiction of the original Guided Reading Short Reads to both Spanish and English-speaking learners. Access to short informational texts builds vocabulary acquisition and content area knowledge for all students, providing rich support for students who are learning Spanish, and building confidence in Spanish-speaking learners that they will carry over to their English instruction.

    NEW! Guided Reading Lecturas Cortas:
    •Fits seamlessly into classroom guided reading groups
    •Teaches strategies for decoding and comprehending complex texts
    •Builds rich domain-specific vocabulary across content areas
    •Engages students with thematically linked passages across text types
    •Provides sufficiently complex, short informational texts worthy of being read, reread, and analyzed

    Each level includes:
    •10 Student Informational Text Cards, 6 copies each
    •1 Teaching Guide
    •Magazine-style storage box


    Visit the Scholastic Guided Reading Program website for more information.

    $99.00 You save: 25%
    Supplementary Collection | Grades 4-6
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    Guided Reading Lecturas Cortas Level T
    Grades 4-6 $99.00
    Add To Cart
  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    Guided Reading Lecturas Cortas Grade 5 (Levels Q-W)

    Guided Reading Lecturas Cortas Grade 5 (Levels Q-W)

    Available August 2015!

    The all-new Guided Reading Short Reads brings the same high-quality nonfiction of the original Guided Reading Short Reads to both Spanish and English-speaking learners. Access to short informational texts builds vocabulary acquisition and content area knowledge for all students, providing rich support for students who are learning Spanish, and building confidence in Spanish-speaking learners that they will carry over to their English instruction.

    NEW! Guided Reading Lecturas Cortas:
    •Fits seamlessly into classroom guided reading groups
    •Teaches strategies for decoding and comprehending complex texts
    •Builds rich domain-specific vocabulary across content areas
    •Engages students with thematically linked passages across text types
    •Provides sufficiently complex, short informational texts worthy of being read, reread, and analyzed

    Each level includes:
    •10 Student Informational Text Cards, 6 copies each
    •1 Teaching Guide
    •Magazine-style storage box


    Set Includes:
    • 588427 Guided Reading Lecturas Cortas Level Q
    • 588428 Guided Reading Lecturas Cortas Level R
    • 588429 Guided Reading Lecturas Cortas Level S
    • 588430 Guided Reading Lecturas Cortas Level T
    • 588431 Guided Reading Lecturas Cortas Level U
    • 588432 Guided Reading Lecturas Cortas Level V
    • 588433 Guided Reading Lecturas Cortas Level W


    Visit the Scholastic Guided Reading Program website for more information.

    $620.10 You save: 33%
    Supplementary Collection | Grade 5
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    Guided Reading Lecturas Cortas Grade 5 (Levels Q-W)
    Grade 5 $620.10
    Add To Cart
Privacy Policy
EMAIL THIS

* YOUR FIRST NAME ONLY

* FRIEND'S FIRST NAME ONLY

* FRIEND'S EMAIL ADDRESS

MESSAGE
Here's something interesting from Scholastic.com