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A reading lesson about Matteo Ricci.
 

MATTEO RICCI:
MISSIONARY TO THE EAST LESSON

 

A history reading comprehension lesson about Matteo Ricci, his talents in Science and Math, and how he spread Christianity in China. Includes printable teaching lesson worksheet.

 

Suggested Grades:

3rd Grade - 4th Grade - 5th Grade - 6th Grade

 

 

Teaching Objectives:

By completing this lesson, students will be able to demonstrate their reading comprehension skills, including reading strategies, inference, literal meaning, and critical analysis.

 

 

 

 

 

MATTEO RICCI - MISSIONARY TO THE EAST

 

Directions:

Print the Matteo Ricci reading comprehension passage and questions (see below).

 

Students should read the story silently, then answer the questions about the story that follow.

 

Excerpt from passage

Matteo Ricci was a Christian missionary to the Chinese in the late 16th century. When Ricci went to China, in 1583, he was the first Christian missionary who had been allowed into China in over 200 years! Ricci had a special way of spreading Christianity to the Chinese that was very different from the ways of other missionaries of his time. His methods were so successful that he is still honored in China today.

 

Matteo Ricci was born in Italy. He loved to learn and had a strong faith in God from the time he was a little boy. He was very intelligent and was good at mathematics, science and mapmaking. Ricci was also well known for his ability to memorize and remember things. It was said that he could read a page of a book one time and then repeat it without making any mistakes. This unusual talent helped him to learn to write and speak the difficult Chinese language.

 

China

When Ricci first entered China, he was greeted with hostility; especially from the educated Chinese nobles, call literati. The Chinese were very suspicious of foreigners. Ricci had to quickly find a way to gain their respect so that they would listen to him and he could share Christianity with them. (continued...).

 

 

 

LESSON PRINTABLES

Matteo Ricci - Missionary to the East

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 Includes reading comprehension passage, questions, and answers.

 

 

 

 

 

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