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Your Very Own Guidebook – Sintra Chapter

February 2, 2011

Just like we talked about last week, you are making YOUR OWN TRAVEL GUIDE BOOKS!!!  Your books will be full of just the stuff you find important and interesting – stuff about the places we’ll see, the things we’ll learn, and the people and traditions we’ll encounter.  Along the way, while you’re writing your books, you’ll accidentally find out about tons of hidden gems – great pieces of information and sites that you’ll want to see that we might have missed otherwise.

To top it off, when we’re done writing your book – we’ll add in a few pages more – places for you to journal about what you saw, how you felt, and the things you experienced while on your amazing trip.

This is your book. Make it as good as you want it to be.  This is something you’re going to save and keep for the rest of your life.  The 8th grader that submits the best article on each topic will have their work published in our group’s guidebook (if a 6th or 7th grader writes a better article, well… that’s just embarrassing for you Spain kids).

This week we’re going to work on the second chapter of our book – which will be about the second city we’re visiting on this year’s trip – Sintra, Portugal.  Sintra has an amazing history, so be sure to read up and find out what you want to see while we’re there.   We only have about half a day in Sintra, so make sure you figure out what you want to do – we won’t be able to see everything.

Take a look at the online worksheet on the next page and take some time to do a little research and writing about one of Portugal’s most beautiful cities.   We promise you, this work will make your trip better.  You’ll find little things that you want to see and do, you’ll learn bits of history that will make what we see more meaningful, and you’ll know the stories behind all the things we do in Sintra.


Each 8th grader (and any other TAP kids that want to help) will do some research and fill out the following form.  The best “articles” the TAP teachers receive on each topic will be published in your book.

Please remember to write like you’re submitting this for publication in a book – because you are.

Use correct grammar and spelling (or at least do the best you can) like it’s for a grade – because it is.

Try to avoid that weird text message language that kids use online all the time.  Write in regular English that your grandma could read – because she might.

Make sure you’re 100% happy with your answers before you hit submit.

Do not plagiarize.  That means – use your own words.

Please have your work done and submitted before the next meeting – February 9th.

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